Search for run­away red panda

The Citizen (KZN) - - World - Saint-Éti­enne

– A zoo in cen­tral France is search­ing for a run­away red panda which took ad­van­tage of heavy snow­fall that brought down trees to climb from branch-to-branch out of its en­clo­sure.

The hopes of the zoo­log­i­cal park in Saint-Martin-la-Plaine in cen­tral France of re­cov­er­ing the furry mam­mal, which re­sem­bles a rac­coon, were boosted af­ter a mo­torist on Wed­nes­day spot­ted the an­i­mal and alerted the po­lice.

The three-year-old male es­caped a week ago, “tak­ing ad­van­tage of the dam­age caused by snow­fall,” said the zoo’s di­rec­tor Pierre Thivil­lon.

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