Salt Lake City zoo staff searching for missing Pallas’ cat

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SALT LAKE CITY — A Salt Lake City zoo is searching for a 10-month-old Pallas’ cat that went missing from his outdoor exhibit.

Hogle Zoo officials say the young Pallas’ cat named Mushu is smaller than most domestic cats and is not dangerous.

Staff discovered he was missing Sunday morning.

They believe he’s still within the zoo grounds.

According to a statement from the zoo, Pallas’ cats are “extremely elusive” and tend to be difficult to spot.

Staff members have laid out live box traps and searchers are using thermal imaging cameras that detect heat to locate Mushu.

Additional keepers were also brought in on Sunday to help the regular night crew look for Mushu.

Hogle Zoo spokeswoman Erica Hansen says it’s important that they find him because Pallas’ cats are a threatened species.

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