Red panda missing from Virginia Zoo

Posted at 11:59 AM, Jan 26, 2017
and last updated 2017-01-26 11:59:02-05

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) -- Sunny the red panda is missing. Officials at the Virginia Zoo in Norfolk have been searching for the 19-month-old animal since Tuesday morning.

She was last seen in her habitat Monday evening. Officials hope Sunny is still somewhere on the zoo grounds.

The Norfolk police department has provided a thermal camera to help in the search.

Red pandas are tree-dwelling animals with markings similar to a raccoon. They're native to the eastern Himalayas and southwestern China.

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