Published: Fri, June 01, 2018
Sci-tech | By Carrie Guzman

Lions, tigers, jaguar escape German zoo

Lions, tigers, jaguar escape German zoo

German police are advising residents in the western town of Lünebach to stay inside their homes after two lions, two tigers, a jaguar and a bear broke out of their cages in a local zoo.

According to German media, the animals were able to escape after flooding caused by an overnight storm.

Authorities said that the mass breakout could have been caused after a river overflowed following heavy rainfall causing fences at the zoo to erode.

Numerous police, zookeepers, and firefighters are combing the zoo looking for the animals before they wandered into the town.

A spokesman for the district of Bitburg-Pruem, in the state of Rhineland-Palatinate, said earlier in the day that two lions, two tigers and a jaguar were on the loose. The five big cats were found within the confines of the park and were recaptured in the afternoon.

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According to the German broadcaster, heavy rain meant the water level increased and nearly the "entire zoo was flooded".

Friday's escape comes two years after two lions broke out of their cages at a zoo in Leipzig in eastern Germany. Among those escaped was a bear that was later traced and shot dead.

The zoo is home to around 400 animals, including a Siberian tiger and lions.

In the end, a drone sighted the remaining escapees inside the zoo compound.

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