Ollie The Bobcat Turns Up On Twitter To Celebrate Zoo Escape

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com/AP) — The National Zoo may have suspended its search for a bobcat that escaped from its enclosure, but it didn’t take long for her to start tweeting.

Zoo officials say the female bobcat known as Ollie was found to be missing on Monday morning and is likely to be roaming the area directly surrounding the zoo known as Rock Creek Park, which is home to rats, squirrels, mice, chipmunks and small birds, all of which could be prey for a bobcat.

But it turns out Ollie is celebrating her escape through a parody account on social media.

The @OllieBobcat account had over 1,000 followers as of Wednesday after posting its first tweet two days prior on Jan. 30, when officials first warned of the bobcat’s escape.

Since then, she’s been posting her adventures on social media, including a night of “Netflix and chill” and even trying to land tickets to a Washington Wizards game.

Craig Saffoe, the zoo’s curator of great cats, told reporters Wednesday that the zoo doesn’t have the staff to continue canvassing neighborhoods for Ollie. He encouraged residents to keep calling the zoo if they spot the bobcat and says the zoo will continue to respond to credible tips.

Bobcats are native to much of North America, including the greater Washington area, and zoo officials say Ollie is likely to thrive in the wild.

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