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Lions, tigers, jaguar escape German zoo

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Frank Williams | 01 June, 2018, 19:28

In a brief but dramatic episode, two lions, two tigers, a jaguar and a bear were found to be missing from their enclosures in a zoo in western Germany on Friday, prompting an all-hands search effort from the police, the fire brigade and a team of veterinarians.

A bear had also escaped from the zoo in Lunebach, but was shot by authorities.

A flood-hit German town was locked down for several hours Friday over fears that five risky big cats had escaped a local zoo before they were found hiding in their soggy enclosures.

Early reports from the regional broadcaster SWR suggested that lions and pumas had escaped, but officers later confirmed that the big cats were lions, tigers, and a jaguar.

Local authorities advised residents to stay inside their homes and call police if they see anything.

The Eifel Zoo in Luenebach is located in the west of Rhineland-Palatinate, about 50 kilometres north of Trier.

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

The storm had caused widespread devastation in the region, where many residents were Friday clearing muddy water from their cellars and removing downed trees.

The animals escaped from the Eifel Zoo in the municipality of Luenebach.

One of the lions was shot dead while the other was eventually brought back into captivity.

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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