Ollie the Bobcat Escapes DC Zoo

She's 25 pounds and resembles a big house cat
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 30, 2017 5:03 PM CST
This photo provided by the Smithsonian's National Zoo shows Ollie, a female bobcat the the zoo.   (Barbara Statas/Smithsonian's National Zoo via AP)

(Newser) – A 25-pound bobcat has sprung herself from the National Zoo in Washington, DC. Ollie went missing Monday morning, probably through an opening in the mesh around her enclosure, reports WTOP. Zoo officials hope she doesn't get into the adjacent Rock Creek Park, which they describe as the perfect place for a bobcat to remain well-fed and undiscovered. Ollie, 7, isn't seen as a threat to humans, though she would likely defend herself if approached. Park-goers, however, probably don't want to leave small pets unattended. Meanwhile, the red panda that escaped last week from the Virginia Zoo in Norfolk? Still missing, reports the Virginian-Pilot. (Read more National Zoo stories.)

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