Five big cats briefly escape in flooded German zoo

Five big cats briefly escape in flooded German zoo

Five big cats briefly escape in flooded German zoo

Animal escapes from zoos are rare but not entirely unheard of.

A recent storm caused damage in some parts of the region, though it was unclear whether the animals escaped because of damage caused by the storm.

Five risky predators, including two lions, two tigers and a jaguar escaped from a zoo in western Germany, sparking a massive hunt.

Police told the Associated Press Friday morning that the escaped animals are believed to still be on the grounds of Eifel Zoo in Lünebach. Residents of the German town Lunebach were asked to keep all doors and windows closed as local police rounded up the roaming animals.

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

A spokesman for the district of Bitburg-Pruem, in the state of Rhineland-Palatinate, said earlier in the day that two lions, two tigers and a jaguar were on the loose.

This June 2016 image shows lion Malor (behind) and the mother Lira in their enclosure in the Eifel Zoo, eastern Germany. Among those escaped was a bear that was later traced and shot dead.

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