- Associated Press - Monday, January 30, 2017

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - Officials at the Virginia Zoo now believe there is a strong chance that Sunny, the missing red panda, has left the zoo’s campus.

Zoo Executive Director Greg Bockheim tells The Virginian-Pilot (https://bit.ly/2kiUhHJ ) that there were no sightings Sunday, the sixth day that officials and volunteers have searched for the red panda. Officials have employed everything from dogs to a geothermal camera, but none has yielded Sunny.

The 19-month-old red panda was last seen on the night of Jan. 23 and was reported missing the next morning. Last week, officials had thought the tree-dwelling animal probably hadn’t left zoo property.

Anyone who may have spotted Sunny is urged to call the zoo’s hotline at 757-777-7899.

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Information from: The Virginian-Pilot, https://pilotonline.com

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