Elusive leopard briefly closes NJ zoo

WEST ORANGE - (AP) - An elusive leopard caused some tensemoments at a northern New Jersey zoo.

Officials at Essex County's Turtle Back Zoo briefly shut it downlate Sunday morning after staffers noticed Megan, an Amur leopard,did not appear to be in her enclosure.

She was soon found hiding behind a retaining wall in a zooservice building and officials say she was never out among thegeneral public. But as a precaution, the West Orange zoo was put onlockdown and patrons were moved to safe areas.

The zoo was closed for about 45 minutes while staffers sedatedthe leopard, which has lived there for about four years. It waslater taken to an animal hospital for evaluation.

No injuries were reported in the incident.

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