Screengrab via MissingDCBobcat/Twitter

Ollie the escaped bobcat is not at all a metaphor for chaos in D.C. right now

There's an 'Animal Farm' joke in here somewhere; I just know it.


Monica Riese

Internet Culture

Published Jan 31, 2017   Updated May 25, 2021, 2:30 am CDT

A wild animal is on the prowl in the streets of Washington, D.C. Also a bobcat escaped its enclosure at the National Zoo

Officials found that Ollie, a 7-year-old, 25-pound bobcat who was born in the wild, was missing after a morning headcount. The zoo is hoping to lure the cat back to the warmth and snacks of her exhibit, but they note the surrounding area is “a very survivable habitat,” so she might elect not to. “I’d be lying to you if I said that we’re definitely going to get her back,” a curator said at a press conference.

She might also have other plans for her Ferris Bueller’s Day Off exploration, at least if the peanut gallery on Twitter is any indication.

A handful of users seem convinced she is on the hunt for President Donald Trump, despite her inability to read the flurry of controversial headlines coming out of the nation’s capital.

Meanwhile, the @MissingDCBobcat Twitter account has already sprung up, issuing additional theories about Ollie’s whereabouts, most predictably political and all 100 percent sassy. As of press time, the account has picked up 85 followers.

Separately, the @OllieBobcat account is reportedly looking for pizza suggestions in the D.C. area.

Wherever you are, Ollie, we’re glad you’re keeping a pawsitive cattitude.

Update 11:37am CT, Feb. 1: The National Zoo called off its search for Ollie. Ollie is free. 

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*First Published: Jan 31, 2017, 12:54 pm CST