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The four-foot-long otter Kitchi led a daring breakout last week with three of his comrades at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo in Colorado Springs. While the other three North American otters were quickly recovered (two cavorting in the grizzly pool and one near the zoo’s containment fence), Kitchi remains on the loose (via The Huffington Post). Kitchi was last seen in a 600-foot-long culvert, and a long list of would-be rescuers responded—including representatives from the Broadmoor Hotel maintenance department, Colorado Springs Utilities, Broadmoor Fire and Rescue, and the Heavy Rescue unit from Colorado Springs Fire Department—but were unsuccessful, according to a zoo news release. If you see Kitchi, he’s not considered dangerous to you or your pet as long as you don’t corner him. As for fish in nearby ponds, Kitchi may well wreak havoc. The zoo is responding to tips on its Otter Hotline: 719-648-7348. Don’t approach Kitchi. Just provide the zoo with the “time of day and direction the otter was traveling in and/or type of evidence left behind.”

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