Lions, tigers, jaguar, bear escape flooded German zoo cages sparking massive search

Lions, tigers, jaguar, bear escape flooded German zoo cages sparking massive search

Three lion cubs were born on April 14, 2018 at the zoo.

The police on Friday caught several large animals, including lions, tigers, a jaguar after they escaped from a zoo in the Eifel mountain range in western Germany on Friday.

During the frenzied search for the predators, involving police and the fire brigade, authorities had cautioned residents to stay indoors and keep doors and windows shut. A bear was shot dead, Sky News reported. Police say they are responding the situation but now have no further details.

Police told The Sun that the animals broke out of the Eifel Zoo, located near the borders of Luxembourg and Belgium.


Exact details of how the animals managed to escape or exactly when they got out were not clear.

Many residents were busy on Friday clearing muddy water from their cellars and removing trees downed by the severe storm.

This escape has come two years after another similar case happened in eastern Germany, when two lions broke out of their cages at the Leipzig Zoo, in Leipzig, the AFP reported. One was shot dead and the other was forced back into its cage, according to the BBC.

In 2015, an orang-utan was shot dead after escaping from the Duisburg zoo, and a bear escapee from Osnabrueck suffered the same fate in 2017.

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