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:

Hey, we wouldn’t be surprised:


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

Speaking of the Bronx Zoo Cobra:


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



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



Update II:

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

The National Zoo is ecstatic: