"Rusty the red panda has been recovered, crated & is headed safely back to the National Zoo!"
That's the breathless update from the National Zoo, announcing Rusty's return to safe hands Monday afternoon. The zoo followed that tweet with a note of appreciation: "Thank you so much to everyone who helped us look for and find him!"
It seems that Rusty was spotted in the Adams Morgan neighborhood, which borders the park lands around the zoo. Residents snapped photos and alerted the park via Twitter.
Washington's City Paper reports that zoo employees used a net to maneuver Rusty into a crate. The wayward red panda had evidently climbed a tree next to a house.
As news of the animal's capture spread, we also noticed that Twitter suspended the "Rusty_thePanda" account that was created Monday morning. The feed's humorous tweets likely tipped officials off; red pandas are not known for their sense of humor.