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Red panda found in fig tree

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A red panda that had been on the run for two days after escaping from an Australian zoo was recaptured Sunday after being spotted in a fig tree in a nearby park.

The 7-year-old panda named Ravi had arrived at Adelaide Zoo last week after being brought in from another zoo in hopes of mating with a female red panda named Mishry. But Friday Ravi was gone.

Adelaide Zoo director Phil Ainsley told the Australian Broadcasting Corp. that zookeepers tried on Sunday to lure Ravi off the fig tree with some of his favorite foods, including bamboo and sweet corn, to no avail.

Finally, they fired a tranquilizer dart.

“We used a few different darts, finally got a dart in him and then just had to wait about 15 minutes for the drug to take any effect,” Ainsley said.

Ravi then fell into the blankets of zookeepers waiting under the tree.

“Ravi is doing very well,” Ainsley told the station. “He’s going to settle in the animal health hospital, where he’ll spend the next two or three days after being on the run. I just want to make sure he’s completely healthy and recovered from his adventure.”

Ainsley said they discovered that Ravi had escaped from his enclosure on Friday morning and initially turned their attention to the zoo, assuming he would be there in one of the large trees. It wasn’t until Sunday morning that a zookeeper saw him in the fig tree at the nearby botanical park.

Ainsley told the broadcaster they would check CCTV footage from the zoo to find out how Ravi escaped.

“Obviously he had just arrived and was testing his enclosure,” Ainsley said. “We know that red pandas are incredibly agile and are known as escapologists.”

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