A dangerous panther escaped from the Dallas Zoo

A dangerous panther escaped from the Dallas Zoo

The Dallas Zoo was closed Friday so that its teams, assisted by police and their drones, can try to find a clouded leopard that escaped from its enclosure.

“If you come across a feline larger than a domestic cat but smaller than a lynx, we would very much like you to let us know,” said Harrison Edell, an official at this Texas zoo. “We are takers of any tip.”

The fugitive, 4 years old and weighing between 9 and 11 kilos, “presents no threat to humans”, he insisted.

“If she’s scared, most likely she’ll climb a tree, stay away from us, chase away a few squirrels and birds, and hope not to be noticed.”

Zoo workers discovered that Nova had taken to their heels when they inspected the enclosure she shares with her sister Luna and noticed a breach in the fence.

“She probably climbed straight into the trees and didn’t come back down, so we spend a lot of time screwed to our binoculars,” said Harrison Edell. “We don’t think she’s going very far.”

According to the official, the Dallas police are assisting in the search and employing infrared-vision drones to scan the treetops.

In the event of an unexpected encounter, it is important not to try to catch it, he warns.

“She still has a full set of claws and fangs. It is not a domestic cat, it remains a wild animal.

Clouded leopards live wild in the Himalayas and parts of Southeast Asia and China.

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