Leopard lost for hours found at Dallas Zoo

The lost leopard at the Dallas Zoo has been located and appears to be in good shape after being on the loose for hours.

“We’re excited to report that we spotted the cloudy leopard Nova at the Zoo at around 4:40 PM this afternoon. It was very close to its original habitat and teams were able to safely contain it just before 5:15 PM.” zoo tweeted Shortly after 6:30 p.m. on Friday.

“The first signs are that he is not injured. He is currently being evaluated by our veterinary staff,” he said. Additional.

Officials said the zoo was closed as a search began to find the leopard that disappeared from its enclosure. When keepers arrived at the clouded leopard’s habitat on Friday, they said one of the animals was nowhere to be found.

A “Code Blue” status was activated and Dallas police were called at the zoo to look for the “safe” animal.

Zoo officials described the incident as a “serious situation” on Twitter, but said they thought the little cat was still in the field at the time. He was later found near his enclosure.

“We currently have an ongoing situation at the Zoo with Code Blue, an animal that is not dangerous outside its habitat. One of our clouded leopards was not in its habitat when the team arrived this morning and is currently unexplainable,” the zoo tweeted after Nova disappeared. “Dallas Police is assisting the search efforts on the spot. The Zoo is closed today as our teams work to find and rescue the animal. Given the nature of these animals, we believe the animal is still on land and in hiding.”

Zoo officials told reporters that Nova weighs about 25 pounds, is four years old, and poses no threat to humans.

Both of the cloudy leopards at the zoo were announced by security staff at 1am, adding that they found a tear in the zoo’s net that the cat used to slip out.

The cat was found missing during the daily morning count by the zoo’s staff.

Dallas Zoo found its lost leopard (Dallas Zoo)

Dallas Zoo found its lost leopard (Dallas Zoo)

“A leopard and a clouded leopard are significantly different animals,” zoo vice president Harrison Edell told reporters at a news conference. “Although this is a small cat and not a tiger or a lion, it still has full claws and teeth. It’s not a house cat. Yet they pose absolutely no danger to humans. If anything, he’s really nervous and afraid of people. He’s used to people but He is not docile, he avoids people rather than challenges them.”

Clouded leopards are found in Southeast Asia and China, and males grow to around 50 pounds, according to the Smithsonian Institution.

Females only reach 25 to 35 pounds and in the wild will eat monkeys, small deer and wild boar.

Cats have large claws, are skilled at climbing, and are one of the few animals that can climb trees upside down.

“Cloudy leopards are not a ‘type’ leopard as the name suggests. According to the Smithsonian, it’s a separate breed of wild cat, like snow leopards and leopards.

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