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Hairy Houdinis: 12 animal escape artists

By: Bryan Nelson on Oct. 20, 2016, 11:26 a.m.
masala escaped red panda

Photo: Sequoia Park Zoo/Facebook

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Masala the red panda

More than 200 volunteers put in more than 320 hours to help search and spread the word when Masala the red panda went missing from the Sequoia Park Zoo in Eureka, California, in November 2015. Zoo officials think the 1-year-old panda scaled the fence in her enclosure and found her way into the wooded area near the park, reported the SF Gate.

A local resident saw Masala hanging out near a fire hydrant and called 911. It took almost two hours before the red panda finally was coerced into an animal carrier with bamboo treats and a strategically placed blanket, ending her two-day adventure.