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Last Updated: Tuesday September 15 2009 06:31 GMT

Red panda escapes from London Zoo

A red panda
The red panda which escaped looked like this one

A red panda has been caught after making an escape from London Zoo.

The furry animal managed to get out of his enclosure and was spotted by security guards climbing a tree in a nearby park.

At first he would not budge, and staff had to stay under the tree during the night. Eventually he was brought down safely and returned to the zoo.

An investigation is underway to find out how the mammal managed to escape.

Red pandas come from Asia. They are about the size of a large cat and are really rare.