Two lions, two tigers and a jaguar escape from German zoo

Pablo Tucker
June 1, 2018

Residents of the German town Lunebach were asked to keep all doors and windows closed as local police rounded up the roaming animals.

People in Luenebach, in the west of the country, have been warned to stay inside by police. All are now safely back in their enclosures, and fences are being checked, said Marc Pötz, a spokesman for the regional emergency center.

Heavy rainstorms overnight had sparked flash floods.

Hours after the five big cats escaped from their pens at Eifel Zoo in Lünebach, a town in western Germany near the Belgian border, a drone spotted the animals hiding in undergrowth.

Part of a local motorway had been blocked off due to high waters, and a train was derailed although no injuries were reported.

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.

The escape came two years after another similar case in eastern Germany, when two lions broke out of their cages at the Leipzig zoo, the AFP reported.

The bear was later found outside the zoo and was shot and killed, according to officials.

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