Bobcat Escapes National Zoo Sending DC Residents into Twitter Frenzy
- Author: Regina Walsh Feb 01, 2017,
Feb 01, 2017, 1:02
National Zoo officials said Ollie is still on the loose after possibly climbing through an opening in the mesh net within her habitat on Monday.
Staff searched the area, but couldn't find the bobcat anywhere. Zookeepers are searching for her, but also believe she may return on her own for food and shelter. The area around the bobcat enclosure will be closed off to visitors for an unspecified amount of time in the hope that Ollie will return and not be scared off by humans in the area.
Zoo officials are asking the public to call the Virginia Zoo hotline at 757-777-7899 if they spot Sunny in the community. The likelihood that we get her back?
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Saffoe said Ollie is equipped to survive and that bobcats sometimes catch birds that land in their enclosure. He said that she was "not super friendly". As with the rest of her species, she runs at 30 miles and is an excellent climber, meaning recapturing her may prove hard.
A bobcat has gone missing after apparently escaping its enclosure at the Smithsonian's National Zoo, the zoo said Monday. They eat rabbits, squirrels, mice and small deer. Keepers do routine checks of all animals at the Zoo first thing in the morning.
Zoo officials said Rusty likely escaped the zoo by "climbing across a "bridge" created by rain-laden trees and bamboo" - and he probably did it for a snack of some nearby bamboo, they said.