On a snowy Monday morning in the nation’s capital, Ollie the bobcat apparently just needed some space. UPDATE: She’s over it.
The Smithsonian’s National Zoo in Washington announced that Ollie, a 6-year-old, 25-pound female cat, had gone missing sometime between 7:30 a.m., when handlers check in on the enclosure she shares with two male bobcats, and feeding time at 10:40 a.m.
“She’s very standoffish,” Craig Saffoe, the zoo’s curator of great cats, said of Ollie at an afternoon news conference, calling her “not super friendly.” He added: “It would be extremely easy on us if she were a cat who would come when called, but that’s not who this individual is.” Read more from Joe Coscarelli for the New York Times.
UPDATE: Missing since Monday, Jan. 30, Ollie was located near the zoo’s bird exhibit Wednesday afternoon after a tip from a zoo visitor who claimed to have spotted her.
National Zoo Curator of great cats Craig Saffoe said he believes she left her enclosure and went toward Rock Creek Park, following the creek before meandering back to her home at the Zoo — an approximate two-mile journey.
“She wanted to go out, have a little bit of fun and see what it was like on the outside,” he said.
Posted: 2 February 2017