The Dallas Zoo was forced to close on Friday after crews tried to find a missing clouded leopard named Nova. In a statement posted on Facebook around 10:15 a.m., staff announced that the zoo was closed “due to a serious situation.” They later announced that they had issued a “code blue” for a “non-dangerous animal out of its habitat”.
“One of our clouded leopards was not in its habitat when the team arrived this morning and is currently missing,” the zoo wrote. “Given the nature of these animals, we believe the animal is still on the property and hiding.” Officers from the Dallas Police Department are also on site to help the zoo with the search, they added. “The zoo is closed today as our teams work to locate and restore the animal.”