The Dallas Zoo is forced to close after LOST its clouded leopard Nova – who could be hiding somewhere on the grounds
- Little clouded leopard Nova has gone missing from her enclosure at the Dallas Zoo
- Officials said the animal, weighing between 20 and 25 pounds, was “not dangerous” and was likely hiding on the zoo grounds
- The search at Texas’ largest zoo focused on scouring trees that clouded leopards like to climb
A missing clouded leopard shut down the Dallas Zoo on Friday as police helped locate the animal, which officials said was not dangerous and was likely hiding somewhere on the zoo grounds.
The little cat, named Nova, weighs about 20 to 25 pounds, said Harrison Edell, executive vice president of animal care and conservation at the Dallas Zoo. The search at Texas’ largest zoo focused on scouring trees, which Edell says clouded leopards like to climb.
The zoo tweeted that the missing cat, named Nova, was a “grave situation,” but Edell said the animal posed no threat to humans.
“If anything, she’s very nervous and afraid of people,” Edell said.
The search for missing clouded leopard Nova shut down the Dallas Zoo on Friday as police helped locate the animal, which officials said was not dangerous and was likely hiding somewhere on the zoo grounds
He did not say how the animal escaped from its enclosure. Another clouded leopard at the zoo, Nova’s sister, was still in its habitat, Edell said.
On Friday, the Texas Zoo tweeted that it was closed due to a “severe situation.” “We have an ongoing situation at the zoo right now with a code blue – this is a harmless animal that is out of its habitat,” the zoo wrote in a tweet.
“One of our smoked leopards was not in habitat when the team arrived this morning and is missing at this time.”
Dallas Police officers assisted in the search.
Animals have escaped from exhibits at the Dallas Zoo before. Most notably, in 2004, a 340-pound gorilla named Jabari jumped over a wall and went on a 40-minute killing spree, injuring three people before police shot the animal.
The animals are listed as “Vulnerable” according to the International Union for the Conservation due to habitat loss and poaching.
There are 10,000 clouded leopards left in the wild in Southeast Asia. They are short in stature, typically weighing between 24 and 44 pounds, according to the WWF.
Police cars outside the Dallas Zoo as workers and police search for the missing cloud leopard
The zoo tweeted that the missing cat, named Nova, was a “grave situation,” but Edell said the animal posed no threat to humans. Police have now joined the search for the cat
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