Smithsonian's red panda 'Shama' dies

August 18, 2014 7:16 PM

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FRONT ROYAL, Va. (WJLA) - The Smithsonian's red panda, Shama - the girlfriend to Rusty, the male panda who escaped the zoo last year - has died, the institution reported Monday.

According to a statement, Shama, the female red panda was euthanized Saturday at the Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal, Virginia after an illness.

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