The Latest: Leopard healthy after escaping in Utah zoo

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Posted: Jun 08, 2016 11:46 AM
The Latest: Leopard healthy after escaping in Utah zoo

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Latest on a leopard that escaped at a Salt Lake City zoo (all times local):

9:40 a.m.

A leopard that was tranquilized after it got loose at a Salt Lake City zoo is awake and doing well.

Hogle Zoo spokeswoman Erica Hansen said Wednesday that staff members tested the Amur leopard's blood and have determined that it is in good health.

The rare animal escaped from an enclosure Tuesday morning and was found snoozing on the outdoor beam about 2 feet from the exhibit.

Officials are investigating how the leopard managed to escape the tall steel-grade mesh that surrounds the top and sides of its enclosure.

It's not clear how long it was out, but zoo staff saw the leopard inside the enclosure at about 7 a.m. and the escape was reported about two and half hours later.

Zoo staff says no one was hurt.