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Lions, tigers, jaguar on the loose at German zoo; bear shot

01 June 2018

An entire German town was placed on lockdown Friday after dozens of animals - including two lions, two tigers and a jaguar - escaped from a zoo because of a storm-related flood, according to reports.

Residents in the nearby are are being warned to stay indoors.

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.

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It is reported that a river overflowed and wore down fences, allowing the risky animals a way out.

A drone deployed to find the missing beasts - two lions, two tigers and a jaguar - finally located them within their caged areas, said regional authorities.

Eifel Zoo has nearly 400 animals of 60 exotic and native species, including lions, tigers, and other big cats on its 30-acre site. Wildlife lovers said the case showed wild animals should not be kept in cages.

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Official were now examining whether the animals should be moved to another zoo while clear-up operations continue.

One of the lions was shot dead while the other was eventually brought back into captivity.

In an earlier zoo incident two year ago, two lions broke out of their cages at the Leipzig zoo.

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Lions, tigers, jaguar on the loose at German zoo; bear shot