Bobcat escapes from National Zoo in Washington

After Ollie, a 25-pound female bobcat, went missing from the National Zoo, D.C. public schools chose to move recess indoors at 13 nearby schools, even though bobcats are known for their shyness.

As of this writing, the zookeepers were trying to lure the 7-year old bobcat back to the zoo, reports the Washington Post. At 10:40 a.m. keepers called the bobcats for their morning feeding and Ollie did not respond.

Animal Care staff searched and have not found Ollie.

Zoo officials said there is no imminent danger to the general public or zoo guests, but no one should approach her if they see her.

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

However, bobcats are 'very elusive, ' spokeswoman Pamela Baker-Masson said.

"We very much believe that she will want to come back to her habitat", Smith says. As with the rest of her species, she runs at 30 miles and is an excellent climber, meaning recapturing her may prove hard.

According to CBS Philly, Smith said that Ollie the bobcat has even "killed birds inside the enclosure".

Ollie is not the only zoo animal missing from her enclosure. However, small birds, dogs, or cats might not be quite so safe, as Ollie is reported to be a "capable hunter".

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. Saffoe, realist who probably sighs a lot, added, "Cats are survivors".

  • Joe Gonzales