Lions, Tigers, Jaguar Recaptured Hours After Escaping From Zoo

Lions, Tigers, Jaguar Recaptured Hours After Escaping From Zoo

Lions, Tigers, Jaguar Recaptured Hours After Escaping From Zoo

Local authorities have advised residents to stay indoors and call the police if they saw any of the animals.

Flooding at a zoo in western Germany freed two lions, two tigers, a jaguar and a bear from their cages on Friday, setting off a police search during which residents were told to stay inside.

A recent storm caused damage in some parts of the region, though it was unclear whether the animals escaped because of damage caused by the storm.

The animals included two lions, two tigers, a bear and a jaguar, according to several news reports. Zookeepers said the five big cats had all been fed the day before their escape.

Owned by the Wallpott family, the Eifel Zoo in the Rhineland-Palatinate near the border with Luxembourg is home to about 400 animals from 60 species, including a Siberian tiger.

The escape came two years after another similar case in eastern Germany, when two lions broke out of their cages at the Leipzig zoo, the AFP reported.

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.

He said a bear had been shot.

The wild animals were later found by a drone inside the zoo compound, as reported by local media.

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