Town on lockdown after zoo animals escape during flood

01 June, 2018, 22:13 | Author: Priscilla Morrison
  • Lions tigers jaguar and bear escape from zoo after flooding from storms in Germany

Residents in western Germany are being told to stay indoors after two lions, two tigers and a jaguar escaped from a zoo.

Several animals were freed from their cages by flooding at a western Germany zoo on Friday.

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

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.

German media reports have suggested the animals' enclosures were damaged in a storm, after a river overflowed and damaged fences. At the zoo, which is located on a riverbank, the water was knee-high.

The Eifel zoo, owned by the Wallpott family, is home to around 400 animals, also including a Siberian tiger.

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

Most were found on the grounds of the zoo and returned to their cages.

Owned by the Wallpott family, the 30-hectare (74-acre) zoo is home to almost 400 animals of 60 species, including Siberian tigers and lions.



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