Nova, the Clouded Leopard, returns safely

After escaping her cage in Dallas Zoo, Nova was retrieved after several hours and is now with her sister according to a Dallas Morning News article which says, 

“The 4-year-old cat was reported missing Friday morning from an enclosure authorities believe was intentionally cut open. The zoo announced it had closed at 10:20 a.m. following a “code blue,” or an alert issued when non-dangerous animals are unaccounted for, but police records indicate officers were dispatched to the zoo about 7:20 a.m.

With the help of drone equipment from the Dallas and Irving police departments, Nova was found not far from the habitat she shares with her sister, Luna, at 4:40 p.m. and safely secured about 35 minutes later.

“As we had predicted, she found a good hiding spot, settled in and as we got closer to dusk, came out to explore,” Harrison Edell, the zoo’s executive vice president for animal care and conservation, said Saturday.”

Additionally, all Langurs of the Dallas Zoo were accounted for after it was discovered that their enclosure bore the same hole as the leopard’s enclosure according to a CBS DFW article which says, 

“However, Dallas police revealed late Saturday that staff soon discovered that a hole similar to the one cut in Nova’s habitat had also been cut in the fence of an enclosure housing a type of monkey called Langurs.

Thankfully, a second search was not necessary. All of the Langurs were still inside their habitat and did not appear to be harmed or in any danger.”

Currently, both the leopards and the langurs can now be visited but both the Dallas Zoo and the Dallas police remain vigilant to determine what caused the said holes. 

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