WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) A red panda that spent two days on the lam after escaping from an Australian zoo was recaptured Sunday after he was spotted going out in a fig tree in a nearby park.
Named Ravi, the 7-year-old panda had attained Adelaide Zoo the other day after he was earned from another zoo with hopes he would pair up with a lady red panda named Mishry. But by Friday, Ravi was gone.
Adelaide Zoo Director Phil Ainsley told the Australian Broadcasting Corp. that zookeepers spent Sunday attempting to entice Ravi down from the fig tree with a few of his favorite foods, including bamboo and sweet corn, to no avail.
Ultimately they fired a tranquilizer dart.
We used a few different dart devices, finally got a dart into him and just had to hold back about 15 minutes simply for the drug to take some effect, Ainsley said.
Ravi then fell in to the blankets of zookeepers who have been waiting under the tree.
Ravis doing effectively, Ainsley told the broadcaster. Settling into animal health hospital, where hes just likely to spend another several days after being away from home. Would like to make certain hes all healthy and recovered from his adventure.
Ainsley said they discovered Ravi had escaped his enclosure Friday morning and initially focused their attention within the zoo, figuring hed be up among the large trees there. It wasnt until Sunday morning a zookeeper spotted him in the fig tree in the nearby botanic park.
Ainsley told the broadcaster theyd be reviewing the zoos CCTV footage to determine how Ravi escaped.
Obviously hed just arrived and was testing his enclosure, Ainsley said. We realize that red pandas are incredibly agile, and renowned to be escapologists.