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Dallas Zoo closes after leopard escapes from habitat

Taji the clouded leopard
Posted at 9:04 AM, Jan 13, 2023
and last updated 2023-01-13 16:47:39-05

The Dallas Zoo remained closed on Friday after officials said a clouded leopard escaped from its habitat.

"One of our clouded leopards was not in its habitat when the team arrived this morning and is unaccounted for at this time," the zoo tweeted on Friday.

Zoo officials believe the animal is hiding and has not escaped the grounds.

The Dallas Police Department has been called in to assist in the search.

"Our focus right now is on locating the animal," the zoo stated.

According to the Smithsonian's National Zoo, wild clouded leopards are found in Southeast Asia. They can reportedly weigh up to 50 pounds. However, the zoo says the leopard that escaped is about 25 pounds.

"It is bigger than a house cat and smaller than most bobcats," the zoo stated.

Clouded leopards are not considered endangered. However, they are labeled as "vulnerable" species