Hot in travel: this week’s stories from around the world

From lost pandas to city-wide lockdowns, this is a selection of stories from around the world.

A red panda that went missing from the Sequoia Park Zoo in Eureka, California was spotted by a member of the public and brought back to the zoo.

A red panda that went missing from the Sequoia Park Zoo in Eureka, California was spotted by a member of the public and brought back to the zoo. Image by Sequoia Park Zoo Facebook Page

A red panda that escaped from a California zoo and went for a jaunt about town was returned safely over the weekend. Masala the red panda got out of her enclosure on 19 November and was spotted by a member of the public on Sunday. The search spread quickly over social media, inspiring the hashtags #findmasala #bringmasalahome and of course, a parody account @RedPandaMasala.

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Jesse Hughes has vowed to play the Bataclan theatre again soon.

Jesse Hughes has vowed to play the Bataclan theatre again soon. Image by Vice Media

The band playing the Bataclan on the night of the Paris attacks, Eagles of Death Metal, spoke for the first time since the attack to Vice. The emotional interview saw band members recap the terrifying events of the night, when gunmen shot into the crowd of fans gathered at the concert, killing 89 people and wounding more. The band’s merchandise manager Nick Alexander was among those killed.

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This holiday season, The Museum of Feelings will bring emotion and scent to life through an engaging and immersive experience, inspired by Glade(R) fragrance.

This holiday season, The Museum of Feelings will bring emotion and scent to life through an engaging and immersive experience, inspired by Glade(R) fragrance. Image by PRNewsFoto/SC Johnson

A pop-up museum in New York is aiming to measure the mood of the city by scraping social media and real-time data. The Museum of Feelings changes colours along with the “mood” of New York, and, as it is sponsored by Glade fragrances, can provide people with a "unique emotional selfie" that corresponds with a fragrance.

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Drones are being used to track sharks for the first time

Drones are being used to track sharks for the first time Image by Travelbag Limited / CC BY 2.0

Australia is trying out drones in order to patrol the coastlines and curb shark attacks. New South Wales has implemented the trials after a perceived increase in attacks and a fatality in which a Japanese surfer died. The drone will send live images and GPS co-ordinates to an operator, who can monitor the information.

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Seoul Kimchi Making & Sharing Festival in 2014

Seoul Kimchi Making & Sharing Festival in 2014 Image by Republic of Korea / CC BY 2.0

The UN is set to grant Intangible Cultural Heritage status to North Korean kimchi, an honour that South Korea’s kimchi can already claim. Kimchi is a staple food in the north and south, as well as Japan, as is often considered a super food due to healthy properties.

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The Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam is encouraging people to put down their cameras and pick up a sketchpad as part of their #startdrawing campaign.

The Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam is encouraging people to put down their cameras and pick up a sketchpad as part of their #startdrawing campaign. Image by Rijksmuseum Photo

The Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam is encouraging people to stop taking selfies and start sketching. The museum has launched a campaign to help people learn more about art through sketching. The museum is even providing sketchpads and pencils on Saturdays to help people pick up the practice.

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With Brussels under lockdown this week following terror attacks in Paris and raids in the Belgian capital, police asked the public not to post information about police operations on social media. Belgians responded not with fear but with cat memes, posting surreal and comical snaps of cats that were ready for a fight and other who were happy to hunker down through the lockdown.

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