French zoo seeks red panda after breakout

A zoo in central France is searching for a runaway red panda which took advantage of heavy snowfall that brought…

A zoo in central France is searching for a runaway red panda which took advantage of heavy snowfall that brought down trees to climb from branch-to-branch out of its enclosure.

The hopes of the zoological park in Saint-Martin-la-Plaine in central France of recovering the furry mammal, which resembles a raccoon, were boosted after a motorist on Wednesday spotted the animal and alerted the police.

The three-year-old male escaped a week ago, “taking advantage of the damage caused by snowfall,” the zoo’s director Pierre Thivillon told AFP.

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