Lions, tigers, jaguar escape German zoo

Lions, tigers, jaguar escape German zoo

According to BBC, local authorities have advised residents to stay inside their homes and call the police if they see any of the five predators at large.

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

The animals escaped from a zoo in Lueneburg in western Germany after flooding caused by storms eroded fences, allowing them to break out.

It is unclear what circumstances lead to the bear's death.

The zoo is home to around 400 animals, including a Siberian tigers and African lions as well as many more big cats. At the zoo, which is located on a riverbank, the water was knee-high.

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Animal escapes from zoos are rare but not entirely unheard of.

The bear escaped from the 75-acre zoo grounds into the rolling hills of the Eifel region and had to be shot, Raskopp said.

Friday's great escape comes two years after two lions broke out of their cages at a zoo in Leipzig in eastern Germany.

The 74-acre zoo offers many attractions including a cable vehicle and a miniature village.

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