Dallas zoo shuts down after LOSING clouded leopard

Dallas zoo is forced to shut down after LOSING its clouded leopard Nova – which could be hiding somewhere on the grounds

  • Small clouded leopard Nova is missing from her enclosure at the Dallas Zoo
  • Officials said the animal, weighing between 20 to 25lb is ‘not dangerous’ and likely hiding on zoo grounds
  • The search inside Texas’ largest zoo was focused on scouring trees, which clouded leopards like to climb

A missing clouded leopard shut down the Dallas Zoo on Friday as police helped search for the animal that officials described as not dangerous and likely hiding somewhere on the zoo grounds.

The small cat, named Nova, weighs about 20 to 25lbs, said Harrison Edell, executive vice president of animal care and conservation at the Dallas Zoo. The search inside Texas‘ largest zoo was focused on scouring trees, which Edell said clouded leopards like to climb.

The zoo tweeted that the missing cat, named Nova, was a ‘serious situation,’ but Edell said the animal posed no threat to humans.

‘If anything, she’s real nervous and afraid of people,’ Edell said.

The search for missing clouded leopard Nova shut down the Dallas Zoo on Friday as police helped search for the animal that officials described as not dangerous and likely hiding somewhere on the zoo grounds

The search for missing clouded leopard Nova shut down the Dallas Zoo on Friday as police helped search for the animal that officials described as not dangerous and likely hiding somewhere on the zoo grounds

The zoo tweeted that the missing cat, named Nova, was a 'serious situation,' but Edell said the animal posed no threat to humans. Police have now joined the search for the cat

The zoo tweeted that the missing cat, named Nova, was a ‘serious situation,’ but Edell said the animal posed no threat to humans. Police have now joined the search for the cat

Police cars outside the Dallas Zoo as workers and cops hunt for the missing cloud leopard

Police cars outside the Dallas Zoo as workers and cops hunt for the missing cloud leopard

He did not say how the animal escaped its enclosure. Another clouded leopard at the zoo, Nova’s sister, was still in its habitat, Edell said.

Animals have escaped enclosures from the Dallas Zoo before. Most notably was in 2004, when a 340lb gorilla named Jabari jumped over a wall and went on a 40-minute rampage that injured three people before police shot and killed the animal.

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