Published: Fri, June 01, 2018
Research | By Wilma Wheeler

Five big cats briefly escape in flooded German zoo

Five big cats briefly escape in flooded German zoo

Two lions, two tigers, a jaguar and a bear have been located after it was thought they had broken out of their cages in a western German zoo after heavy rains flooded the area and damaged their enclosures.

Police told the Associated Press Friday morning that the escaped animals are believed to still be on the grounds of Eifel Zoo in Lünebach.

Local authorities have advised residents to stay indoors and call the police if they saw any of the animals.

. The five big cats were found within the confines of the park and were recaptured in the afternoon.

Vets are said to be on sight as well as police and firefighters. It is home to some 400 animals, including around 60 exotic and native animals, according to Eifel Zoo's site.


Eifel Zoo has nearly 400 animals of 60 exotic and native species, including lions, tigers, and other big cats on its 30-acre site.

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

Friday's escape came two years after another similar case in eastern Germany, when two lions broke out of their cages at the Leipzig zoo.

In the end, a drone sighted the remaining escapees inside the zoo compound.

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