In a wholesome news story to finish off your weekend, an escaped red panda has been located safe and sound after busting out of Adelaide Zoo.
In the most exciting thing to happen to Adelaide since the Adelaide Fringe Festival wrapped up in March, the rare red panda was finally located after a two-day search.
Ravi the red panda was found perched in a Botanic Park tree in the city’s centre. The little tacker needed to be tranquillised in order to be safely returned home. We’ve all been in that position before, right?
“Based on the advice from our vets we made the decision that we’d look at darting him,” Adelaide Zoo director Dr Phil Ainsley told the ABC.”
GREAT CATCH – Adelaide Zoo vets and keepers manage to push the asleep red panda out of the tree!! @9NewsAdel pic.twitter.com/7mPm3lPdoD— Cam Inglis (@inglis_cam) August 14, 2022
A Senior Veterinarian at Adelaide Zoo has shot a tranquilliser gun at the escaped Red Panda, which snuck out from its enclosure on Friday. The panda is still in the tree and keepers are surrounding it with blankets to catch it if it falls. @9NewsAdel pic.twitter.com/4g36glHIAq— Cam Inglis (@inglis_cam) August 14, 2022
“(We) finally got a dart into him and then just had to wait about 15 minutes just for the drug to take effect.
“Our amazing vet team and animal keepers were underneath with some blankets and managed to capture him as he dropped.”
After securing the bag, Adelaide Zoo posted a statement posted to their social media channels explaining exactly how Ravi managed to produce the new hit series Prison Break: Panda Edition.