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Published: Fri, February 03, 2017
USA | By Yvette Dunn

Escaped bobcat Ollie found on National Zoo property

Escaped bobcat Ollie found on National Zoo property

She was spotted Wednesday afternoon on zoo property and walked into a trap that zookeepers set up for her. When a zookeeper went to feed the bobcats at 10:40 a.m., Ollie was gone.

The zoo staff said they were incredibly happy to have her back.

Zoo staff members said the bobcat had a small cut on one paw and is expected to be OK.

The group had called off the search when they received information that Ollie had returned to zoo property on her own. Still, 13 nearby schools did cancel their outdoor recess Tuesday out of caution. "Then she came right back".

Ollie was found to be missing on Monday morning.

Ollie could have found plenty of prey in Rock Creek Park, which surrounds the zoo. "This is not like she's out in an area, in an environment that she can't survive", Saffoe said, noting that bobcats are indigenous to the D.C. area, although rare.

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Brandie Smith, the zoo's associate director of animal care, said Ollie appeared to be in good health but would undergo a full examination Thursday morning.

"I wish that it was in its cage, rather than roaming the streets of D.C.", said Drew Montmarquet, who was visiting the zoo Tuesday.

The frenzy over Ollie's disappearance - and recovery - reached such a fever pitch in Washington, House Speaker Paul Ryan's communications staff even used it as an email subject line to highlight an interview he did in support for President Donald Trump's Supreme Court pick.

In 2013, a red panda named Rusty famously escaped from the National Zoo. They can run fast and climb well.

Bobcats eat mice, small deer, goats, chickens, rabbits and squirrels.

"There's food, there's shelter, there's warmth at her exhibit", Smith said. You wouldn't approach a stray dog. "She's not a threat unless you become a threat to her".

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