Tuesday, 19 June, 2018

Five big cats briefly escape in flooded German zoo

Lions tigers jaguar and bear escape from zoo after flooding from storms in Germany Lions in the animal enclosure in the Eifel Zoo in Luenebach
Velma Reese | 01 June, 2018, 22:07

An entire west German town was on lock down after lions, tigers, a bear and a jaguar broke out of a local zoo Friday (June 1).

The Eifel Zoo in Lünebach, Germany, was heavily flooded after a storm that also damaged fences, allowing the animals to leave their enclosures, authorities said.

Early reports from the regional broadcaster SWR suggested that lions and pumas had escaped, but officers later confirmed that the big cats were lions, tigers, and a jaguar. Zookeepers said the five big cats had all been fed the day before their escape.

According to the German broadcaster, heavy rain meant the water level increased and nearly the "entire zoo was flooded". It is home to some 400 animals, including around 60 exotic and native animals, according to Eifel Zoo's site.

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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 escaped from the 30-hectare zoo grounds into the rolling hills of the Eifel region and had to be shot, Raskopp said.

The wild animals were later found by a drone inside the zoo compound, as reported by local media.

The 74-acre zoo offers many attractions including a cable vehicle and a miniature village.

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