Ollie the Bobcat Hightailed It From the National Zoological Park

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

Ollie, a 25-pound female bobcat, went missing this morning from her enclosure at the Washington, D.C., zoo.

Ollie is about 7 years old and was born in captivity. But during her 10:40 feeding on Monday, zoo officials realized the critter was missing.

Although bobcats are not typically known to attack humans, zoo officials are urging the public not to approach Ollie if seen, regardless of how cuddly-looking and adorable she is.

Animal Care staff conducted an immediate search and have not located the bobcat.

Officials believe that she may return to her familiar grounds for food and shelter. Zoo staff are keeping the area around the exhibit closed, since the bobcat will likely hide from humans.

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She said the zoo has placed traps to capture Ollie, if she returns. "It would be extremely easy on us if she were a cat who would come when called, but that's not who this individual is." Tuh. Several calls told the zoo they spotted her in the adjacent neighbors of Woodley and Cleveland Park.

According to CBS Philly, Smith said that Ollie the bobcat has even "killed birds inside the enclosure". 'It will be very, very hard to find her'.

Ollie is probably still nearby, but Saffoe said recapturing her is no sure thing. In the wild, they eat rabbits, hares, squirrels and mice.

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.

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