Transcript for National Zoo Tweets for Help Finding Escaped Red Panda
fugitive of being concern in washington. A red panda named rusty. He escaped from the national zoo. And abc's david kerley has that story for us. Reporter: This story -- high-stakes chase under way for the fugitive edward snowden. Reporter: An american charged with espionage on the lam, fleeing across the world, dominated the news. Until another escape. Yeah, this guy. Rusty, the red panda, who disappeared from the national zoo. The zoo tweeted for help. And washington was suddenly enthralled. Have you seen the red panda? Reporter: The zoo all-points bulletin, retweeted 3,000 times in an hour. Mentions of rusty, nearly equaled the mentions of obama. This relative of a raccoon, entwined with snowden on the twitterverse. Edward snowden and rusty, the red panda, relaxing on a han vanna beach. If only the nsa had been monitoring rusty's e-mails. Under like snowden who is bouncing from country-to-country, rusty bolted for a washington neighborhood known for weekend enjoyment. It's a nice place to live. Reporter: Ashley is no spy-catcher. But she snapped a few photos of rusty and tweeted them to the zoo. In the midst of all of the other conflicts, we can still come together. Reporter: Less than two hours after the alert went out, rusty was back in custody. If only it was so easy in the world of espionage. David kerley, abc news, washington.
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