Big cats break out of German zoo

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

An escaped bear was found and had to be shot dead. Local residents were advised to stay in their homes and to call the police if they saw the animals.

While emergency services including firefighters and police were deployed to hunt down the predators, inhabitants of the town were told to stay indoors and to keep their windows and doors closed.

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.

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

The Eifel Zoo in Luenebach is located in the west of Rhineland-Palatinate, about 50 kilometres north of Trier.

The animals escaped from the Eifel Zoo in the municipality of Luenebach.

Many residents were busy on Friday clearing muddy water from their cellars and removing trees downed by the severe storm.

Owned by the Wallpott family, the Eifel Zoo in the Rhineland-Palatinate near the border with Luxembourg is home to about 400 animals from 60 species, including a Siberian tiger. One was shot dead and the other recaptured.

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