Sunday 14 August 2022 11:28 AM Red panda shot out of tree with tranquilliser after escaping Adelaide Zoo trends now
An adventurous red panda who escaped his zoo enclosure just one week after arriving was only able to be rescued once shot with a tranquilliser dart.
Zookeepers from Adelaide Zoo spent hours on Sunday trying to coax Ravi, a seven-year-old male red panda, from a fig tree in the Botanic Park next door.
Director of beloved wildlife facility Dr Phil Ainsley said the rescue team tried to lure Ravi down with food but were eventually forced to use a tranquilliser dart, then catch him as he fell out of the tree.
Ravi (above) arrived at Adelaide Zoo last week after being transported from Australia Zoo and is now recovering in the animal health centre following his daring escape
'Our initial intent was that we tried to use some food entices which was bamboo and some sweetcorn,' she told The Advertiser.
'Unfortunately, that didn't get too much of a response and probably with all the activity in Botanic Gardens today wasn't going with it. Based on the advice from our vets, we made the decision of