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

Ignacio Smith
June 1, 2018

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

German media sources have reported that the privately owned Eifel zoo flooded overnight due to a storm which meant the animals were able to go free.

According to Sky News, it's unclear what circumstances lead to the bear's death.

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It is reported that a river overflowed and wore down fences, allowing the unsafe animals a way out. Zookeepers said the five big cats had all been fed the day before their escape.

Vets are said to be on sight as well as police and firefighters.

According to the German broadcaster, heavy rain meant the water level increased and nearly the "entire zoo was flooded". A bear was reportedly shot, but it is not clear exactly why.

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Large predators are among the main attractions at the zoo, which is home to about 60 different species, including Siberian tigers and African lions, on about 30 hectares of land.

This June 2016 image shows lion Malor (behind) and the mother Lira in their enclosure in the Eifel Zoo, eastern Germany.

In the end, a drone sighted the remaining escapees inside the zoo compound.

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