Lions, Tigers, a Jaguar and a Bear: Zoo Escape Grips Germany

Lions, Tigers, a Jaguar and a Bear: Zoo Escape Grips Germany”

Five unsafe predators, including two lions, two tigers and a jaguar escaped from a zoo in western Germany on Friday, sparking a massive hunt, a spokesperson for the local authorities told AFP.

A bear had also escaped from the privately owned Eifel zoo, but was shot, a local official told AFP.

A drone deployed to find the missing beasts - two lions, two tigers and a jaguar - finally located them within their caged areas, said regional authorities.

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.

Local residents near the zoo close to the Luxembourg border were warned to stay indoors while the predators were on the loose.

Many residents were busy on Friday clearing muddy water from their cellars and removing trees downed by the severe storm. The five big cats were found within the confines of the park and were recaptured in the afternoon.

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

One woman tweeted: "An innocent animal shot because the zoo clearly couldn't keep the animals safely in captivity".

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