EDUCATION

Zoo: Team search for escaped bobcat in DC neighborhoods

This photo provided by the Smithsonian's National Zoo shows Ollie, a female bobcat the the zoo. Ollie, who escaped from its enclosure at the National Zoo in Washington, is perfectly capable of surviving in the wild and would find plenty to eat in Rock Creek Park if it wanted to stay there, zoo officials said. The female bobcat, believed to be about 7 years old, was found to be missing Monday, Jan. 30, 2017,  morning when it didn’t show up for breakfast.  (Barbara Statas/Smithsonian's National Zoo via AP)

This photo provided by the Smithsonian's National Zoo shows Ollie, a female bobcat the the zoo. Ollie, who escaped from its enclosure at the National Zoo in Washington, is perfectly capable of surviving in the wild and would find plenty to eat in Rock Creek Park if it wanted to stay there, zoo officials said. The female bobcat, believed to be about 7 years old, was found to be missing Monday, Jan. 30, 2017, morning when it didn’t show up for breakfast. (Barbara Statas/Smithsonian's National Zoo via AP)  (The Associated Press)

National Zoo officials say they're searching nearby neighborhoods in Washington for a bobcat who escaped from her enclosure.

The zoo announced Tuesday that a team of keepers, police and DC Humane Rescue Alliance members is searching the area after officials received calls overnight reporting that the bobcat may be in adjacent neighborhoods.

Officials say the bobcat known as Ollie, who was reported missing Monday, poses no threat to humans. Officials believe she likely climbed through an opening in the mesh net that encloses her habitat.

The 25-pound bobcat was born in the wild and is believed to be about 7 years old. Bobcats look a lot like house cats, only bigger and with short, stubby tails. They are native to North America, including the mid-Atlantic region.