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By Hallie Golden And Lindsay Whitehurst The Associated Press

Mesh opening allowed leopard to escape Utah zoo enclosure

SALT LAKE CITY — A rare leopard at a Salt Lake City zoo escaped to a nearby high beam by squeezing through a small opening in the steel-grade mesh on top of her enclosure, officials said.

Hogle Zoo spokeswoman Erica Hansen said Wednesday that a security team investigating the escape found a trail of leopard hair around the 6-inch-by-6-inch opening built into the enclosure’s mesh.