UPDATE 2: The clouded leopard habitat at the Dallas Zoo from which Nova the clouded leopard escaped Friday, Jan. 13, was intentionally cut, according to Dallas police. According to police reports, “The preliminary investigation determined personnel from the zoo arrived and discovered the clouded leopard was missing from its habitat. Further investigation determined a cutting tool was intentionally used to cut an opening in the fencing of the clouded leopard’s habitat,” police reports said.
Police said zoo personnel also showed investigators “a similar cut found at a habitat that enclosed a breed of monkey known as Langurs. All the Langurs were still inside their habitat and did not appear to be harmed or in any danger,” according to reports.
Nova was found safe inside the zoo grounds, near the clouded leopard habitat Friday afternoon, shortly before 5 p.m.
UPDATE: Nova the clouded leopard has been found safe and sound. In a post to Twitter, Zoo officials said Nova “was located very near the original habitat, and teams were able to safely secure her just before 5:15 p.m.”
ORIGINAL POST: The Dallas Zoo is closed today due to a missing clouded leopard. The zoo made the announcement via twitter, saying, “The zoo is closed today due to a serious situation.”
That announcement was followed up with another tweet: “Dallas PD is onsite assisting with the search efforts. The Zoo is closed today as our teams work to find and recover the animal. Given the nature of these animals, we believe the animal is still on grounds and hiding. We will share updates and more information as soon as we can.”
The zoo said its focus is on locating the animal that they said isn’t a danger to humans.
— David Taffet