National Zoo Loses Red Panda, Twitter Makes Every Edward Snowden Joke Imaginable (UPDATED)

UPDATE 2:23 p.m.: “Rusty the red panda has been recovered, crated & is headed safely back to the National Zoo!” —@NationalZoo

ORIGINAL POST: Have you seen this panda?

The National Zoo in Washington, D.C., is reporting that a red panda named Rusty disappeared at 6 p.m. Sunday night.

“Animal care staff have been combing the trees around the Zoo since 8 a.m. He could be sick & hiding, or someone could have taken him,” the zoo tweeted Monday morning. “If you do see Rusty, don’t try to approach him. Stay where you can safely keep an eye on him & alert the Zoo (202.633.4888) immediately.”

“Red pandas are arboreal, territorial animals, so it would be unusual for Rusty to wander far from his home range, in his case his exhibit,” the zoo tweeted.

Twitter is already on the case:

And this writer’s favorite:

However, unlike Snowden’s empty seat on the flight to Cuba, the red panda as of yet does not have its own Twitter account.

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