Red panda missing from Belfast Zoo

A red panda has gone missing from Belfast Zoo, police said.

Officers in the Northern Ireland capital said the animal went missing on Sunday and was “believed to be currently taking in the sights of beautiful Glengormley”.

The red panda is not aggressive but may become defensive when cornered, and police are asking people not to approach or attempt to capture the animal.

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🚨WE ARE CELEBRATING THE BIRTH OF ENDANGERED RED PANDA CUBS!🚨 The pair were born to parents, Chris and Vixen on 19 June 2018. Red panda cubs are born blind and develop quite slowly. They therefore spend the first few months in the den. It is for this reason that, despite being born back in June, the twins have only recently started to venture outside. Red panda are native to the Himalayas in Bhutan, Southern China, Pakistan, India, Laos, Nepal and Burma. However, red panda numbers are declining dramatically due to habitat loss and illegal hunting for their fur, in particular their long bushy tail which is highly prized as a good luck charm for Chinese newlyweds. The International Union for the Conservation of Nature believes that the red panda is facing a very high risk of extinction. Find out more about our colourful new arrivals on our website! #belfastzoo #zoo #ourzoo #thezoo #belfast #northernireland #animal #animals #wildlife #redpanda #conservation #endangered #animalbabies #babyanimals #twins #twinning

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Police said: “Our curious friend has not yet learned the green cross code, so if motorists could also be vigilant!”

Two panda cubs were born at the zoo in June last year but only started to venture outside towards the end of 2018.

According to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, the red panda is facing a very high risk of extinction.

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