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The twitterverse was captivated by the National Zoo’s search for its escaped red panda today. The episode sparked a (successful!) city-wide social media campaign to track down the roving critter, and Rusty is now safely back in the hands of zookeepers. We also got to spend the better part of the day looking at pictures of furry animals.

Sometimes an escaped red panda is just an escaped red panda, but never to unfunny people on Twitter. The story proved to be red meat for the anti-government crowd and political junkies, who couldn’t resist linking Rusty’s escape to the dysfunction in Boomtown. For their clumsy appropriation of Rusty’s saga, we award these people zero points:




Photo courtesy of the National Zoo