Leopard escapes at Dallas zoo, prompting closure, ‘Code Blue’ alert

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By Dan Whitcomb (Reuters) -A 25-pound (11.3-kg) clouded leopard escaped its habitat at the Dallas zoo on Friday, prompting officials to shut down the park and issue a “Code Blue” alert, although they assured nearby residents that the big cat was not dangerous. Zoo staff were searching the 106-acre (43-hectare) grounds for the escapee, saying the feline, a 3- to 4-year-old female, was unlikely to have left the property entirely because of a perimeter fence and the territorial nature of cats. “She does not pose a danger to humans,” Harrison Edell, the zoo’s vice president for animal care and con…

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