WASHINGTON (CBS/AP) — A bobcat that escaped from its enclosure on the Nationwide Zoo is completely able to surviving within the wild and would discover lots to eat in a leafy park close by, zoo officers stated Monday.
The feminine bobcat, believed to be about 7 years previous, was discovered to be lacking Monday morning when it didn’t present up for breakfast. On the zoo, the bobcat is called Ollie.
Officers consider Ollie obtained free as a result of there was a gap in a piece of mesh that surrounds the bobcat exhibit.
The bobcat poses no hazard to the general public, the zoo stated.
Whereas no bobcats are recognized to reside in Rock Creek Park, which surrounds the zoo, bobcats are native to a lot of North America and its mid-Atlantic area. The park, run by the Nationwide Park Service, occupies greater than 1,seven hundred acres of the nation’s capital.
“We all know that she is completely able to surviving, even thriving, on this space,” stated Brandie Smith, the zoo’s affiliate director of animal care. “We’re ready for the eventuality that she just isn’t recaptured.”
Bobcats look rather a lot like home cats, solely greater and with brief, stubby tails. Ollie weighs about 25 kilos.
The zoo has closed the world across the bobcat exhibit to guests in hopes that Ollie will get hungry and are available again. The zoo offers the animal with a principally meat-based mostly eating regimen and doesn’t feed her stay prey. Nevertheless, Ollie has killed birds contained in the enclosure, Smith stated.
“We all know that she has the power to hunt,” Smith stated. “All of her dietary wants are met right here — a pleasant little buffet of tasty gadgets.”
If Ollie doesn’t return, she would probably survive on a food plan of birds and small rodents, Smith stated.
Bobcats usually are not recognized to be aggressive towards people. Nevertheless, the animal could possibly be tempted by home cats or small canine which are left alone outdoors, Smith stated.
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