Published: Fri, June 01, 2018
Science | By Joan Schultz

Two lions, two tigers and a jaguar escape from German zoo

Two lions, two tigers and a jaguar escape from German zoo

Local authorities advised residents to stay inside their homes and call the police if they saw any of the five predators at large.

The animals are said to have escaped when when a storm hit the area and caused floods.

It is reported that a river overflowed and wore down fences, allowing the unsafe animals a way out.

The zoo is home to about 400 animals, many of which are big cats.

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

According to the zoo's website, it is owned by the Wallpott family and has three permanent employees. Wildlife lovers said the case showed wild animals should not be kept in cages.

A bear has been shot just outside of its enclosure, say a spokesman for the zoo.

Two years ago two lions broke out of their cages in a zoo in Leipzig, one was safely captured whilst the other was shot dead.

As it turned out, the cats had never left the sprawling 30-hectare Eifel Zoo in Luenebach, much of which was under water after huge thunderstorms overnight.

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

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