Leopard Escape Forces Zoo Shutdown

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At a glance

  • A clouded leopard named Nova escaped from its enclosure at The Dallas Zoo and was on the prowl Friday — prompting the animal park to close as police rushed to find her, officials said Friday.
  • “Given the nature of these animals, we believe the animal is still on grounds and hiding,” the zoo said in a tweet Friday morning. “Our focus right now is on locating the animal.”
  • Zoo officials declared a “code blue” to signal a “non-dangerous animal” had broken free from its habitat after a staffer discovered the fearless feline missing early Friday.

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