Zoo Officials cause panic during French First Lady’s Visit.

An understandable mistake.

A snafu in internal zoo communications resulted in a panic at Riverside Park and Ralph Mitchell Zoo in Kansas.  Zoo officials announced that a cougar was on the loose in the zoo, causing visitors to run for safety.

Turns out that someone made a reference to visiting French First Lady Brigitte Macron, who was her husband’s teacher when she, aged 39, began a relationship with her soon to be husband, then 16.

Initially, officials in Independence said  that local law enforcement, along with park officials, were searching the area for any sign of the animal.  But a short time later, city officials realized the mistake.  No zoo visitors were injured during Mrs. Macron’s stay.