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Sunny The Red Panda Is Still At Large; Here ‘s What You Need To Know

Travelers Today       By    Czarina Ara Lasco

Updated: Feb 10, 2017 04:59 AM EST

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Days after Sunny disappeared from the premises of Virginia Zoo, an extensive search has already been initiated in order to find the missing female red panda. Aside from the searches made in the grounds of the Virginia Zoo, many volunteers and animal rescuers have been also exerting all the efforts to find Sunny.

There are drones, K-9 units from the Police Department and infrared cameras that are scattered all over the Virginia Zoo particularly through the nearby roads, parks and open areas. There is also a hotline intended to receive reports and tips in case there are sightings of the animal in Norfolk.

According to a report by the ABC News, from the beginning of the search and rescue for Sunny up to this moment, the probability on the sightings of the red panda has already reached zero. The police officers confirmed that the last time they had received a report about the sighting of Sunny was from a zoo worked at around 5 in the afternoon of January 23.

The authorities claim that the female red panda eats bamboos, most of which are actually found around the area where the Virginia Zoo is located. Therefore, the volunteers and other search teams believe that there are still many chances of finding the missing Sunny.

In a report by the New York Times, Executive Director Greg Bockheim said that the possible reason behind Sunny's escape could have been Thomas, Sunny's habitat mate which is also a red panda. He explained that Thomas might have been aggressive in pursuing mating with Sunny which likewise triggered the female red panda to escape from her habitat.

Despite the failure to retrieve Sunny for almost two weeks now, Bockheim still believes that the female red panda is still alive considering that the weather in Virginia is what Sunny's body needs. Red pandas, with not more than 10,000 species left in the world, are now considered to be endangered.

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