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Escaped Bobcat Quickly Found

Associated Press - June 26, 2015 6:55 am

Officials of a Wichita nature center say Bobbie the bobcat is back home after vandals cut a hole into in his cage.

According to Great Plains Nature Center director Jim Mason, someone took wire cutters and sliced a gap into Bobbie’s cage at Central Riverside Park’s Kansas Wildlife Exhibit early Thursday. A park visitor contacted authorities after seeing the bobcat out of his cage.

Mason said the 18-year-old Bobbie, who has lived at the exhibit for his entire life, was eventually found in some shrubbery within feet of his cage Thursday. According to Mason, the exhibit’s alarms did not operate properly during the vandalism and have since been fixed.

The Wichita Animal Shelter is asking for help from anyone who may have seen the vandalism.