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Red Pandas storm out of zoo to freedom

February 13, 2008

Two rare red pandas are on the run after escaping from their enclosure in a Scottish zoo.

The pandas broke free five days ago after a tree fell onto their pen during a storm. The racoon-like animals are now thought to be in a wooded area close to Galloway Wildlife Conservation Park.

Police in Dumfries and Galloway last night appealed for people to look out for the animals, a mother and daughter.

Red pandas are about the size of a small dog and their diet is mainly bamboo. Staff from the conservation park and police do not consider the animals to be a threat and hope they will return to the zoo when they get hungry.

Constable Ian Bradley of Dumfries and Galloway Police, urged anyone who sees the red pandas to contact police in Kirkcudbright.

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