Missing bobcat found in US zoo

  • 02/02/2017
Washington Zoo bobcat
The bobcat back at the zoo (National Zoo / Twitter)

An 11kg female bobcat who escaped from her enclosure at the Washington Zoo has been found just hours after officials called off a three-day-search for the missing feline.

"Female Bobcat Ollie found on Zoo property," the zoo said on Twitter, with a picture that showed handlers with her in a cage.

Ollie, who was born in the wild, went missing on Monday after likely climbing through a hole in the mesh net that surrounds her enclosure.

The zoo, one of the top tourist draws in the US capital, had cancelled the search for Ollie on Wednesday and said it would rely on tips to find her.

The zoo had received several reports from people who said they had seen the bobcat, who is thought to be almost seven years old, in nearby residential areas.

The zoo had warned people against approaching the animal, although bobcats are not known to be aggressive to humans.

Bobcats, which are similar to lynxes, range from Mexico to southern Canada and can run up to 30 miles per hour (48km/h). They are 46 to 64 cm tall at the shoulder and their fur is buff to brown, sometimes with a reddish tinge, according to the zoo's website.

Further south in Virginia, the zoo in Norfolk is on the hunt for a female red panda, missing since last week.