Rescuers blast escaped red panda out of tree with hoses5/15/2012
An adorable red panda is recovering from a concussion suffered after he was blasted out of a tree during a rescue attempt. The mini-Houdini broke out of his enclosure at Germany's Dresden Zoo and scurried up a tree. The fire department was called to coax him down, but when firefighters aimed their hoses at him, they knocked him off his limb and onto the grass 33 feet below. This hose-based rescue approach isn't uncommon (and neither are red panda escapes, apparently) -- hitting them with water typically convinces them to climb down on their own. The zoo's head zoologist, the excellently named Wolfgang Ludwig, says the little guy is "still terrified."
How else could they have rescued the red panda?