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Mei Xiang, like the pandas at other zoos in the United States, is always a popular attraction and interest has risen since she gave birth at the National Zoo to a cub Aug. 23. Zookeepers have yet to have a second look at the cub since its initial physical. (Associated Press)

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

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the National Zoos adorable endangered Andean bear cubs will be introduced to the public this weekend after being born in December. photo/National Zoo

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Tai Shan the panda at the National Zoo in 2009. (The Washington Times)

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Giant panda Mei Xiang eats a frozen fruit treat in her area at the National Zoo in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 10, 2012, prior to a press conference regarding the cause of the recent death of the panda's newborn cub. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

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Giant panda Mei Xiang relaxes in the sun in her area at the National Zoo in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 10, 2012, prior to a press conference regarding the cause of the recent death of the panda's newborn cub. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

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As two women look on, giant panda Mei Xiang relaxes in the sun in her area at the National Zoo in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 10, 2012, prior to a press conference regarding the cause of the recent death of the panda's newborn cub. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

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Giant panda Tian Tian eats a frozen fruit treat in his area at the National Zoo in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 10, 2012, prior to a press conference regarding the cause of the recent death of a newborn panda. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

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Giant panda Tian Tian wanders in his area at the National Zoo in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 10, 2012, prior to a press conference regarding the cause of the recent death of a newborn panda. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

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Giant panda Tian Tian wanders in his area at the National Zoo in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 10, 2012, prior to a press conference regarding the cause of the recent death of a newborn panda. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

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Giant panda Mei Xiang eats a frozen fruit treat in her area at the National Zoo in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 10, 2012, prior to a press conference regarding the cause of the recent death of the panda's newborn cub. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

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One of two, 3-month-old cheetah cubs rests in the shade while on public view at the National Zoo, in Washington, on Saturday, July 28, 2012. The cubs are trying out their first week on limited view to the public. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

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One of two, 3-month-old cheetah cubs rests in the shade while on public view at the National Zoo, in Washington, on Saturday, July 28, 2012. The cubs are trying out their first week on limited view to the public. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

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Michael Sweeney, 6, of Gulfport, Fla., cools off at the National Zoo on a day when local temperatures reached the triple digits. The push-button misters help the zoo save water. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

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Actress and animal lover Betty White will tour the National Zoo on Friday during her visit to Washington. (Associated Press)

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Actress and animal lover Betty White will tour the National Zoo on Friday during her visit to Washington. (Associated Press)

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Tai Shan the panda at the National Zoo in 2009. (The Washington Times)

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Female giant panda Mei Xiang eats bamboo at the National Zoo. Zoo-goers hope she will give birth to a sibling for Tai Shan. (Associated Press)

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** FILE ** Rebecca Miller, an animal keeper at the National Zoo, brushes the teeth of Summer the seal. The seals get their teeth brushed every day with a regular toothbrush and seafood-flavored toothpaste. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)