When a pet goes missing, it feels like the worst thing in the world. The Dallas Zoo was dealing with its own situation after a clouded leopard went missing from its exhibit.
The zoo originally announced on Facebook that they were closed “due to a serious situation.” A serious situation indeed as police were summoned to the facility to assist in the search for the missing animal.
Workers discovered that the clouded leopard was missing from its enclosure when they arrived at the zoo on the morning of January 13, 2023. A “Code Blue” was then issued, which means that a “non-dangerous” animal is missing from its habitat.
The Dallas Police Department said it has launched an investigation to determine if the leopard’s habitat was intentionally damaged, allowing the animal to escape.
Luckily, authorities were able to locate the animal near her habitat. “We are thrilled to report we located clouded leopard Nova on-grounds at the Zoo this afternoon at approximated 4:40 p.m. She was located very near the original habitat, and teams were able to safely secure her just before 5:15 p.m,” the zoo wrote on Facebook.
The zoo said the leopard, a female named Nova, was being evaluated by its veterinary staff and that “initial indications are she is not injured.” The Dallas Zoo was able to be open during regular hours the next day.