Rare red panda goes missing from Belfast Zoo

LONDON (AP) — Officials said a rare red panda has gone missing from Belfast Zoo in Northern Ireland.

Belfast City Council officials said yesterday the animal is not considered dangerous but warned the public not to approach it if it is spotted.

Police also asked motorists to be alert because the panda has not been exposed to roads before. The red panda left the zoo premises last Sunday, it was not exactly clear how.

Two red panda cubs were born at the zoo in June. The International Union for the Conservation of Nature said the red panda faces a very high risk of extinction.

This undated photo issued by Belfast Zoo, Northern Ireland, shows a red panda on the zoo premises. – AP