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Two red pandas were born at the zoo last year
A rare red panda is missing from Belfast zoo.Police said it went missing on Sunday and is "believed to be currently taking in the sights of beautiful Glengormley".They have called for people to look out for the animal which is slightly larger than a domestic cat and an endangered species.
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We're asking any Glengormley residents to look out for a red panda who went missing from its home @BelfastZoo today. While not considered dangerous, we'd ask anyone who spots it to please not approach it, but call our @PoliceServiceNI colleagues on 101— Belfast City Council (@belfastcc) January 27, 2019
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"Our curious friend has not yet learned the green cross code, so if motorists could also be vigilant," police said.
Red pandas spend most of their time in the trees - their sharp claws making them agile climbers
Red pandas are nocturnal and are generally found in wooded areas.
While they are not aggressive by nature, they may be defensive when cornered.
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Last June, two red pandas were born at the zoo in Cavehill, north Belfast. The twins were born as a result of a breeding programme.
What size is the red panda
One of the twins born at Belfast Zoo last year
The red panda is slightly larger than a domestic cat. The animal is native to the Himalayas in Bhutan, Southern China, Pakistan, India, Laos, Nepal and Burma.It is also known as "lesser" panda or "firefox".Red pandas spend most of their time in the trees - their sharp claws make them agile climbers and they use their long, striped tails for balance.They are rare and are classified as endangered by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature.
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