National Zoo bobcat back home, gets checkup

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Zoo veterinarian James Steeil performs a complete physical exam on Ollie. (Courtesy Ashley Goetz, Smithsonian’s National Zoo)

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Zoo veterinarian James Steeil performs a complete physical exam on Ollie. (Courtesy Ashley Goetz, Smithsonian’s National Zoo)

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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.

Veterinarians also gave her some booster vaccines.

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 that could be passed on to the two male bobcats with whom she normally shares her living area.

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

Sarah Beth Hensley

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