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Wild animals that escaped German zoo have been found

Residents were warned to stay indoors after two lions and two tigers escaped Residents were warned to stay indoors after two lions and two tigers escaped from Eifel zoo in Luenebach Credit Alamy
Theresa Hayes | 01 June, 2018, 19:25

An entire German town was placed on lockdown Friday after dozens of animals - including two lions, two tigers and a jaguar - escaped from a zoo because of a storm-related flood, according to reports.

A bear had also escaped from the privately owned Eifel zoo, but was shot, a spokesperson told AFP. Area residents were advised to stay in their houses, close their doors and windows and keep an eye out for the missing animals.

It is believed the animals escaped for their cages after flooding from a storm overnight.

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

Vets are said to be on sight as well as police and firefighters. A massive hunt is under way for the five big cats.

Five unsafe predators, including two lions, two tigers and a jaguar escaped from a zoo in Lunebach, western Germany. At the zoo, which is located on a riverbank, the water was knee-high.

Officials are verifying if the fences and cages are secure, said the spokesman.

In an earlier zoo incident two year ago, two lions broke out of their cages at the Leipzig zoo.

The other animals were found later on Friday by a drone inside the zoo compound, local media said.