Published: Sun, June 03, 2018

Lions, tigers and jaguar recaptured after German zoo escape

Lions, tigers and jaguar recaptured after German zoo escape

Two lions, two tigers and a jaguar were thought to have escaped their enclosures during the flooding.

The bear was discovered outside the zoo grounds in the rolling hills of the Eifel region, and was shot. Police say they are responding the situation but now have no further details. Officials later shot the bear after finding him on one of the zoo's public paths.

Residents had been warned to stay inside their homes as authorities conduct a search operation for the animals, the UK's Express reported. "That enabled multiple animals to escape".

The animals were able to escape due to heavy flooding in the area from thunderstorms the night before that damaged their cages enough to let them out. All are now safely back in their enclosures, and fences are being checked, said Marc Pötz, a spokesman for the regional emergency centre.

The district administration gave no further details, but said a press conference would be held on Friday afternoon in the city of Bitburg.

The zoo is home to almost 400 animals of 60 species and was is visited by 70,000 every year.

Kruppert said the zoo was checking whether the animals could remain in their enclosures.

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