Sightings dwindle as zoo continues vigil for red panda

NORFOLK, Va. (WVEC) - Two weeks have passed since a red panda named Sunny escaped the Virginia Zoo.

Zoo staff tell 13News Now that sightings of the animal in Norfolk have dwindled, although people do still call the hotline with occasional tips. 

Executive Director Greg Bockheim said the 19-month-old critter should be fine if she avoids dogs and motor vehicles. She eats bamboo, and plenty of that grows in the area. She'll eat other plants as well, so there isn't much concern that Sunny will be hungry.

Volunteers and staff continue to conducts its own searches of zoo grounds. 

Authorities said the last time the red panda named Sunny was seen, it was by a zoo worker on Monday, Jan. 23 at 5 p.m.


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