The daring Red Panda named Masala, who escaped from the Sequoia Park Zoo on Thursday, has been found, thus ending her adventure. But she didn't get very far; according to the Times-Standard, she was spotted about a half-mile from the zoo's entrance.
Zoo Manager Gretchen Ziegler said that a citizen saw the panda ambling around Hodgson and Q Streets, and called the number for Sequoia Park Zoo staff. The citizen then "herded" Masala up into a fruit tree in their backyard, so she could keep an eye on the panda until staff came. Once they got there, they were able to lure Masala down the 10-foot tree with food; a good strategy for the capture of both animals and humans alike, really.
Ziegler said that Masala's behavior, once back in captivity was normal for a panda. She also said that zoo managers still don't know how Masala got out in the first place, calling it a "freak anomaly." Either way, she's just happy the panda's back, and told the Times-Standard, "It’s a dangerous world out there. We were very worried we might not get her back."
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