The extensive search operation went on for 36 hours. But in the end, authorities at a German zoo were able to track and find Jang, an adorable, endangered red panda – with the help of a thermal drone.

When Jang went missing last Thursday, the Duisburg Zoo staff weren’t sure whether the furry red creature – aka the mascot of internet browser Mozilla Firefox – was even on the zoo premises.

While they had their suspicions that Jang could be hiding in one of the numerous tree crowns on the zoo grounds, a Duisburg Police Department helpline number was nevertheless circulated on the internet should any passerby locate the long-tailed panda.

When ground crews with binoculars and thermal imaging cameras couldn’t locate Jang by Friday morning, it was decided to take the search aerial. And sure enough, a DJI Mavic 2 Enterprise drone with a thermal camera found the wayward animal lurking in a tree crown – and not too far from its enclosure!

red panda thermal drone

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