Move over, Edward Snowden. There’s a new critter giving D.C. the slip.

The National Zoo announced this morning that Rusty the red panda has gone AWOL:

With all the political craziness we’ve been dealing with lately, it’s nice to have a distraction — particularly of the animal-y kind. And you can bet that Twitter users are milking this opportunity to have some fun:

https://twitter.com/Matthops82/status/349197187206500353

Hey, we wouldn’t be surprised:

Snort!

Not if we find him first! We might be able to track him via Twitter:

https://twitter.com/NatlZooRedPanda/status/349195680599920640

https://twitter.com/NatlZooRedPanda/status/349195886544429057

https://twitter.com/NatlZooRedPanda/status/349196175808819201

https://twitter.com/NatlZooRedPanda/status/349196700176506880

https://twitter.com/NatlZooRedPanda/status/349197820563181568

Speaking of the Bronx Zoo Cobra:

Heh.

All kidding aside, we do hope Rusty’s safe, wherever he is. We’ll be keeping an eye out for the little fella.

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Update:

Noted animal fan Newt Gingrich weighs in on the Rusty situation:

Teehee!

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Update II:

Good news! The missing panda has been found alive and well:

The National Zoo is ecstatic:

Yay!