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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 female bobcat has been rescued by National Zoo staff


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UPDATE at 4:47pm: Ollie the bobcat, who escaped from the National Zoo in Washington, DC, has been located. She was found on zoo property.

After three days of deploying staff to search for the escaped bobcat, the National Zoo has announced that it has suspending efforts to locate the rogue feline, WJLA reported.

Craig Saffoe, the zoo's cat curator, said on Wednesday that the facility doesn't have the staffing capacity to continue looking for Ollie who escaped her enclosed habitat at the National Zoo in Washington, DC, on Monday.

Bobcats are native to much of North America, and officials have said that Ollie is likely to thrive in the wild. The zoo is surrounded by Rock Creek Park, which is home to small mammals that could be prey for Ollie.

"The approximately 25-pound bobcat likely climbed through a small opening in the mesh net that encloses her habitat. The industrial grade mesh measures 2 inches by 2 inches. During an inspection yesterday, keepers noticed that one piece of the mesh was broken forming a larger hole, approximately 5 inches by 5 inches. Ollie is an adept climber and would have been able to climb and crawl through the hole," the zoo said in a statement on Tuesday. 

The zoo said it will continue to respond to credible tips.

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