Ollie the bobcat is on the loose. The 25-pound feline was where she was supposed to be at 7:30 this morning, when a keeper at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo counted her. But by 10:40, she’d apparently made a run for it. Staff “are taking several measures to attract Ollie back to her enclosure,” the zoo says in a press release.
If you spot Ollie, call 202-633-7362. Animal care and control officers from the Humane Rescue Alliance are assisting the zoo in recovery efforts.
Do not approach Ollie yourself. “There is no imminent danger to Zoo guests or general public,” the zoo says, and “Bobcats are not known to be aggressive to humans.” (Good luck catching her even if you’re too cocky to ignore this advice: As the zoo’s own page about bobcats notes, bobcats can run as fast as 30 miles per hour. You can’t. Sorry.)
Ollie is the second high-profile animal to make a daring escape from a mid-Atlantic zoo: Sunny the red panda is still at large after disappearing from the Virginia Zoo in Norfolk last Monday.