Red panda missing from Belfast Zoo as police warn public to be careful

A red panda has gone on the run from Belfast Zoo – with police warning the public to be careful if they see it.

The animal was last seen earlier today and is believed to be in neighbouring Glengormley.

The zoo saw two red panda cubs born last year, but it’s not known if it’s one of these has disappeared.

Members of the public have been asked to be cautious if they see the animal as they can become defensive when cornered.

Red pandas are generally smaller than their better known black and white cousins, looking more like a fox with a striped tail. 

Police said in a statement: "Earlier today a red panda decided to take a surprise vacation from Belfast zoo, it is believed to be currently taking  the sights of beautiful Glengormley.

"Should you see this panda, please ring us on 101, the PSNI along with help from our friends at the zoo will help transport the explorer home. These animals are nocturnal and would generally be located within wooded areas.

"Please do not approach or attempt to capture this animal, although they are not aggressive by nature they may be defensive when cornered.

"Our curious friend has not yet learned the green cross code, so if motorists could also be vigilant! Especially within the Glengormley area."

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