There is absolutely nothing that sparks D.C. media navel-gazing like panda news. And nothing divides more people in this city than panda news. But when it comes to MISSING pandas, that takes the cake. This particular panda is a small red panda, according to National Zoo officials.
Or am I? MT @NationalZoo It’s likely Rusty is somewhere in or near the Zoo hiding in a tree.
— Rusty the Panda (@Rusty_thePanda) June 24, 2013
Needless to say, the next few days in the Woodley Park/Adams Morgan/Mount Pleasant areas will be interesting for dog and child walkers alike. This also puts back into overdrive my biggest fear ever from the zoo: an ape falling from those overhead lines. But that’s a different story.
Right now, all the comedians are out on Twitter. The jokes range from pop culture to political, obviously. Here’s a sample.
That panda is probably down in Barry Farm…
— Tyler Durden (@edot__) June 24, 2013
#RedPanda allegedly on flight to Moscow. No — wait — Ecuador?! But that makes no sense!
— Ron Charles (@RonCharles) June 24, 2013
Rusty the Red Panda last seen running away from DC in the direction of a city with a decent restaurant scene.
— Josh Barro (@jbarro) June 24, 2013
A Red Panda Fur trimmed snapback would look cold as hell with some Red Yeezys. Not saying, just saying.
— Desus (@desusnice) June 24, 2013
What sort of reward are we talking about for finding this missing red panda – free cuddles for life? OK. I’M ON IT. #PandaHunter
— Pablo Maurer (@MLSist) June 24, 2013
Dan Haren envies that missing red panda
— Ray Gustini (@RayGustini) June 24, 2013
A timely Nats zinger and a zoo news reference in one tweet? You, sir, win first prize.