A Bobcat Escaped Her Enclosure At The National Zoo

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — A female bobcat has escaped from the Smithsonian's National Zoo.

She was last seen around 7:30 a.m.by a zoo keeper.

Animal Care staff searched and have not found Ollie. She may return on her own accord for food and shelter and the zoo has placed traps should she wander back.

Bobcats are not known to be aggressive to humans, but they have been known to attack pets, zoo spokeswoman Pamela Baker-Masson said.

American University sent students a text message warning that the animal had escaped.

Saffoe said Ollie is equipped to survive and that bobcats sometimes catch birds that land in their enclosure.

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The zoo was quick to note that the bobcat poses no imminent danger to guests or the general public. One could say this is the living sequel to Madagascar. "She's very standoffish", said the National Zoo's "curator of great cats", said Craig Saffoe at a news conference.

Bobcats, Pacelle said, live among us in the Lower 48 states and are coveted by hunters for their pelts. They eat rabbits, squirrels, mice and small deer.

A bobcat has gone missing after apparently escaping its enclosure at the Smithsonian's National Zoo, the zoo said Monday.

Officials at the Virginia Zoo in Norfolk, nearly 200 miles (320 km) to the south, are on the hunt for a female red panda, missing since last Tuesday.

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.

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