Bobcat missing at National Zoo

  • Bobcat missing at National Zoo

Bobcat missing at National Zoo

The bobcat is named "Ollie" and she's wild-born and nearly seven years old, and weighs 25 pounds.

A National Zoo bobcat has escaped from her enclosure, the zoo announced Monday. The zoo provides the animal with a mostly meat-based diet and does not feed her live prey. At 10:40 a.m. keepers called the bobcats for their morning feeding and Ollie did not respond. While bobcats are not known to be aggressive towards humans, the zoo wants to ensure that Ollie is safely brought home.

Animal Care staff searched and have not found Ollie. However, no one should approach her if spotted.

A bobcat has gone missing after apparently escaping its enclosure at the Smithsonian's National Zoo, the zoo said Monday.

The zoo says there is no imminent danger to guests or the general public.

"It is believed that she may return to her familiar grounds for food and shelter". The zoo said that with people present, Ollie will likely stay in hiding.

Here's hoping Ollie doesn't find her way into the National Zoo's Small Mammal House, where a number of animals that look an terrible lot like bobcat prey live. Instead, call the zoo at 202-633-7362.