Finding Masala: A Community Gathers to Search


Volunteers sign up this morning to help find a missing Panda. [Photo by Mark McKenna]

Volunteers gather at the Sequoia Park Zoo this morning searching for a popular red panda that went missing this week. Masala, who is about the size of a raccoon, somehow slipped from her exhibit Thursday and has been on the lam ever since.12032738_10153023853701587_5367726765865291315_o

Yesterday, zoo officials requested the public’s help in finding the missing animal. “We are relying on the public to help us locate her – by keeping eyes open and cell phones at the ready,” explained Zoo Manager Gretchen Ziegler.

Folks began showing up at 8:30 to help but there is another gathering at 10 a.m. Sooo, there is still time to get there and sign up. Bundle the kids up warmly, bring your cell phone and a desire to help.

UPDATE 11:16 p.m.: Sequoia Park Zoo posted on their Facebook about 10:30 a.m. today, “Masala our red panda is still on her ‘walkabout’. Please keep your eyes open … especially around bamboo. She eats between 2 and 4 pounds of bamboo a day. Maybe she is eating your bamboo!”

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