When the Dallas Zoo announced Friday that a clouded leopard had gone missing from its habitat, many took to social media to share their thoughts on the zoo’s latest developments.
Prior to Friday morning’s incident, a spokeswoman said the zoo had not assigned a blue or red code to the missing animal for at least several years.
In response to the zoo’s initial tweet about the “serious situation,” one user suggested trying “psspsps” – animal calls often used to search for missing cats.
Responding to the zoo’s closure announcement, one user expressed sympathy for the animal’s “inappropriate placement” at the zoo.
And another expressed sympathy for the zoo:
So far, the zoo has said that the missing cat is most likely hiding in the zoo.
“Given the nature of these animals, we believe the animal is still on site and hiding,” the zoo tweeted.
Someone else advised the Dallas Zoo to lure the cat with a “beautiful shelf” to find it.
Another Twitter user mentioned that the cat is Texan, many of whom frequent Whataburger and are not afraid to stand in long lines. Nova lived at the Houston Zoo before moving to the Dallas Zoo in September 2021.
A verified Twitter account, pourmecoffee, has warned the Dallas Zoo not to interfere with its security by a missing cat, citing open source software called Linux.
Another user shared a photo of one of the zoo’s clouded leopards that was caught with its fangs bared:
At 4:05 p.m., the Dallas Zoo asked people on Twitter to take a picture of the missing cat and send a direct message to the zoo if they find it.