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Oh Crap. A female bobcat has escaped from her enclosure at the Zoo

by Prince Of Petworth January 30, 2017 at 1:44 pm 17 Comments

Photo Credit: Barbara Statas, Smithsonian’s National Zoo

From the National Zoo:

“A female bobcat has escaped. Bobcats are not known to be aggressive to humans. Sighting call 202.633.7362

The Smithsonian’s National Zoo reports that a female bobcat, Ollie, has escaped her enclosure. The approximately 25 lb. bobcat was last counted at 7:30 a.m. this morning by a keeper. Keepers do routine checks of all animals at the Zoo first thing in the morning. At 10:40 a.m. keepers called the bobcats for their morning feeding and Ollie did not respond. Animal Care staff conducted an immediate search and have not located the bobcat.

Animal Care staff are taking several measures to attract Ollie back to her enclosure. It is believed that she may return to her familiar grounds for food and shelter. Zoo staff are keeping the area around the bobcat exhibit closed because the bobcat will likely stay hidden from humans. Ollie is wild born and estimated to be almost seven years old.

No one should approach the bobcat if she is spotted. If spotted, call 202-633-7362. There is no imminent danger to Zoo guests or general public. Bobcats are not known to be aggressive to humans. For more about the species, please read the Bobcat section of the Zoo’s website.”

  • Eckingtonian

    Aren’t bobcats always spotted? :-)

    • textdoc


    • Blithe


    • Wow, that’s good. Thank you. I needed a good laugh :-)

    • UpConn

      That comment deserves a t-shirt.

  • DistrictJules

    The zoo is right, please exercise caution if you see the pussy. Do not try to grab it. Just call the number and report that you’ve seen it. I repeat, do not grab the pussy.

    • Blithe


  • Blithe

    Here kitty, kitty……
    Now I’m wondering if the red panda that escaped from a Virginia zoo recently ever made its way back.

    • welshie

      She didn’t and is still living the free life in Norfolk!

  • oneo

    The zookeepers just need to call out, “Ollie Ollie Oxen Free,” right?

  • Teh Kitteh wanted to see how many humans she could make worship, adore, and aid and abet her while on the lam.

  • dcd

    Well, at least the NPS won’t have to cull the herd in RCP this year . . .

  • Father of Fifi

    I think my kitty might be part Bobcat, based on that photo. Compare to: https://www.popville.com/2016/10/your-afternoon-animal-fix-1414/

  • jaybird

    Huh. Guess I’ll stop looking for a cougar.

    • 10thSt


  • Rich

    The only reason a bobcat would bother people is if it had to put up with noisy crowds of visitors every weekend. I’d be more concerned with a aggression from a stray dog. The real problem would be stupid people.

  • Kingman Park

    That bobcat isn’t coming back. She most definitely can survive on her own in Rock Creek Park and there is plenty of prey for her to munch on.


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