National Zoo Bobcat Back Home, Gets Checkup

WASHINGTON — After a few days outside the National Zoo, the once-missing bobcat is back home and received a checkup Thursday.

Ollie, who escaped from her National Zoo enclosure Monday and was found on zoo property Wednesday, received a complete physical examination Thursday afternoon. The 25-pound female bobcat appears to be in good health and received two small stitches on her front left paw from a cut she got while missing, the zoo said in a news release.

The adventurous bobcat likely climbed through a small opening in the mesh net that encloses her habitat Monday, and was found Wednesday at the zoo’s bird habitat after a tip from a zoo visitor. Zoo officials said Wednesday they aren’t entirely sure how Ollie arrived at her final destination.

Ollie will remain at the hospital for a few days to ensure she does not show signs of respiratory illness.

Zoo officials have not yet set a date for the reopening of the bobcat exhibit, which closed when Ollie went missing Monday.

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