AUSTIN (KXAN) — The Dallas Zoo announced that the clouded leopard, missing Friday from its habitat, had been located and securely disposed of by 5:15 p.m., according to tweet from the zoo.
Friday morning at the zoo announced the closure as he worked to find a clouded leopard that had gone missing from its habitat. Zoo officials previously said they found a “suspicious” breach in the front of the habitat during their investigation.
The discovery is not believed to have been due to habitat failure. According to Warren Mitchell of the Dallas Police Department, the fence was cut on purpose.
“We believe it was a deliberate act,” Mitchell said.
The zoo said it was a “non-dangerous” animal, and Dallas police launched an investigation. It said it was a “serious situation”.
The clouded leopard exhibit is on the northeast side of the zoo, between the tamarin and primate areas. The zoo said that when staff arrived in the morning, they couldn’t find the two leopard sisters and activated the “code blue”. One of them was found and is safe. According to Harrison Edell, the zoo’s executive vice president of animal care and conservation, officials have been working to look at security cameras to see where another might have gone.
The Dallas Zoo told Dallas NBC station KXAS that the name of the missing leopard was Nova.
According to the Smithsonian National Zoo, clouded leopards live in the cloud forests of Southeast Asia and have a “vulnerable” conservation status. Male clouded leopards weigh up to 50 pounds, while females typically weigh 25 to 35 pounds, he says. The zoo said Nova weighed about 25 pounds.
According to Edell, every morning and throughout the day, zoo staff conduct animal counts.
In 2017, a jaguar escaped from the Abilene Zoo, according to KRBC. The zoo later discovered that a cat named Estrella had pushed through the mesh and cable at the top of the exhibit and managed to sneak into the underground behind her before climbing over another wall and finding another gap in the mesh. The zoo inspected the exhibit and made changes before returning the jaguars.
February 2021 The Dallas Zoo sent out a warning for another animal: a speckled crow named Onyx, who flew off while training in her free flight bird show. The zoo said in an April tweet that Onyx has yet to be found.