Lions, tigers, jaguar escape German zoo

Lions, tigers, jaguar escape German zoo

Three lion cubs were born on April 14, 2018 at the zoo.

Residents in western Germany have been warned to stay indoors after two lions, two tigers and a jaguar broke out of their cages at a local zoo Friday, sparking a hunt.

A bear also broke out of its enclosure at the Eifel Zoo, near the borders with Luxembourg and Belgium, but it has been shot dead. Area residents were advised to stay in their houses, close their doors and windows and keep an eye out for the missing animals.

It was not immediately clear how or when exactly the animals escaped, but heavy thunderstorms overnight had resulted in bad flooding across the zoo, which is on a riverbank.

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The high waters damaged the cages, allowing the animals to go on the run. Police say they are responding the situation but now have no further details.

It is home to some 400 animals, including around 60 exotic and native animals, according to Eifel Zoo's site.

Local newspaper Trier Volksfreund said the cats were still within the sprawling 30-hectare grounds of the zoo when they were finally located by a drone.

This June 28, 2016 image show the lions Malor (behind) and the mother Lira in their enclosure in the Eifel Zoo, western Germany.

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