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  • Rusty, a red panda at the National Zoo, went missing at about 6 p.m. Sunday, officials said.

    Missing red panda returned safely to National Zoo

    A red panda who escaped from the National Zoo wandered a mile through Northwest D.C. before he was found safe and sound Monday after a daylong disappearance that sparked a social media frenzy when zoo officials announced the search on Twitter and Facebook.

  • Mei Xiang, the female giant panda at the Smithsonian Institution's National Zoo in Washington, eats breakfast in December 2001. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

    Panda cub had discolored liver, excess abdominal fluid

    The week-old giant panda cub that died at the National Zoo had a hard, discolored liver, and fluid floating freely in its abdomen, officials said Monday, conditions that might have contributed to its sudden death — but the exact cause can't be confirmed for several weeks.

Camryn Swain, 5, of the District, relaxes in the "ZOO" sign at the National Zoo on Monday. Hundreds of people came out to the zoo on Easter Monday in celebration of African-American Family Day. An altercation led to a stabbing during the event and zoo officials say security will be reviewed.

    Zoo to review security in light of stabbing

    The director of the National Zoo said Tuesday he intends to continue annual Easter Monday events despite several fights and a teen's stabbing this year - but not without a major review that includes security improvements and plans to close gates to control overflow crowds.

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