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(SALT LAKE CITY) — A leopard briefly escaped from her enclosure at the Hogle Zoo in Salt Lake City, Utah on Tuesday morning, Erica Hansen, a spokesperson for the zoo, told ABC News.

Hansen confirmed that no one, and no animals, were injured during the leopard’s short-lived liberation, which lasted about an hour, starting at 9:30 a.m.

After the leopard escaped, the big cat actually perched herself on a beam and fell asleep, Hansen said.

“Our staff moved very quickly and calmly and got all guests to indoor facilities,” Hansen said, adding that they do not know how the animal escaped, but “are in the middle of the investigation.”

The leopard was darted with anesthesia, and was not harmed.

The director of Animal Health at the zoo explained more about the runaway leopard to ABC News affiliate KTVX-TV Tuesday.

Patrons took to Twitter Tuesday morning, saying the zoo was on lockdown after the feline escaped.

The leopard was immobilized and the incident contained with all animals, guests, and staff safe, zoo officials told KTVX-TV.

“They pushed us back, and pushed down the gates, and they didn’t tell us at first was going on so we were all kind of wondering,” Jana Saunders, a zoogoer, told KTVX-TV, “Then we heard rumors that there was an animal loose.”

The zoo re-emphasized that the incident had been contained and taken care of in a second tweet.

This incident comes shortly after a toddler fell into a gorilla enclosure at the Cincinnati Zoo, and debates regarding zoo safety have been at an all-time high across the country.

The toddler was not seriously injured, but the gorilla was shot to death.

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