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Ollie the bobcat escaped from her enclosure at the National Zoo sometime early Monday morning. (Photo Credit: Barbara Statas, Smithsonian’s National Zoo)

Ollie the bobcat escaped from the National Zoo


Zookeepers and other officials are searching for Ollie, a female bobcat who escaped from her enclosure at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo early Monday morning.

Ollie, who weighs approximately 25 pounds, was last seen in her enclosure at 7:30 a.m. Keepers at the National Zoo typically do routine checks every morning. When keepers came back to Ollie's enclosure at 10:40 a.m., she didn't respond to feeding calls. 

"Animal Care staff conducted an immediate search and have not located the bobcat," the zoo said in a press release. 

The zoo's staff is still trying to lure Ollie back to her enclosure and said she may return to "familiar grounds" for food and shelter. 

The area around the bobcat exhibit is currently closed because Ollie is less likely to come back if a lot of people are around. 

Zoo spokeswoman Pamela Baker-Masson told The Washington Post that bobcats aren't usually aggressive toward humans, but have been known to attack pets. 

The zoo has set traps to catch Ollie, but Baker-Masson said she will likely be difficult to find because bobcats are "very elusive." 

Anyone who sees Ollie is asked to call the zoo at (202) 633-7362. 

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