Panda escapes in Rotterdam

25th July 2006, Comments 0 comments

25 July 2006, AMSTERDAM — A panda escaped briefly from Blijdorp Zoo in Rotterdam on Monday evening.

25 July 2006

AMSTERDAM — A panda escaped briefly from Blijdorp Zoo in Rotterdam on Monday evening.

Himalayan panda - 'catch me if you can!'

The small Himalayan or Red panda sought sanctuary in a tree on the nearby Statenpad after leaving its enclosure. 

A large number of curious onlookers gathered under the tree, causing the nervous animal to climb higher. Initial attempts by the Fire Brigade to coax the animal out of the tree failed.

Eventually, a vet used a Fire Brigade cherry-picker to get within three metres of the panda. He shot the panda with a tranquillising dart and the officers caught the escapee as he fell from the tree.

Experts then administered a drug to counteract the tranquilliser and the panda woke up an hour later. A police spokesperson said on Monday night that the panda was doing well but was very shocked by the ordeal.

Himalayan pandas are about the size of a raccoon and have reddish pelt with a stripped tail. They are on the endangered species list.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]

Subject: Dutch news

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