Endangered red panda escapes from British zoo

Endangered red panda escapes from British zoo

An endangered red panda has escaped from Belfast Zoo.

Officers in the Northern Ireland capital said the animal went missing on Sunday and was “believed to be currently taking in the sights of beautiful Glengormley”.

The red panda is not aggressive but may become defensive when cornered, officers warned, and police are asking people not to approach or attempt to capture the animal.

Police said: “Our curious friend has not yet learned the green cross code, so if motorists could also be vigilant.”

In June, the zoo celebrated the arrival of twin red panda cubs, and towards the end of the year staff were beginning to notice the pair getting more adventurous. 

According to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, the red panda is facing a very high risk of extinction.

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