Police investigating the escape of a clouded leopard from the Dallas Zoo say a tool was used to cut through the fence of the little cat’s enclosure, and that a similar cut was found in a habitat for small monkeys.
Dallas police said Saturday night that they did not know if the two incidents were related. None of the langur monkeys escaped and none appeared to be harmed.
On Friday, zoo workers discovered that the clouded leopard named Nova was missing from its habitat. An all-day search began, during which the zoo remained closed while staff and police searched some 100 acres (40 hectares) of land. Late in the afternoon they found it near its habitat.
After determining that Nova was not injured, the zoo stated that she spent Saturday with her sister Luna in their habitat, “perched on a high branch, while many visitors came to wish her well.”
Police and zoo officials were reviewing the surveillance footage but declined to say what it showed or if there were possible suspects.
Animals have escaped from the Dallas Zoo on other occasions. The most notable case was in 2004, when a 340-pound (154-kilogram) gorilla named Jabari jumped over a wall and went on a 40-minute rampage that injured three people before police shot him dead.
Source: El Nuevo Herald