Published: Fri, June 01, 2018
Sci-tech | By Brandy Patterson

Lions, tigers and jaguar escape from German zoo - residents warned STAY INSIDE

Lions, tigers and jaguar escape from German zoo - residents warned STAY INSIDE

Two lions, two tigers and a jaguar have escaped from a zoo in Lünebach in western Germany, police have said. A bear was reportedly shot, but it is not clear exactly why.

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

Local authorities advised residents to stay inside their homes and call police if they see anything.

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Local media reported that lions and pumas had broken out of the zoo, but police were able to determine that the missing animals were two lions, two tigers and a jaguar. Part of a local motorway had also been blocked off due to high waters. A massive hunt is under way for the five big cats.

Unconfirmed reports say the animals have now been captured after being found in the zoo's grounds with the help of a drone.

This June 2016 image shows lion Malor (behind) and the mother Lira in their enclosure in the Eifel Zoo, eastern Germany.

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One woman tweeted: "An innocent animal shot because the zoo clearly couldn't keep the animals safely in captivity".

In 2015, an orang-utan was shot dead after escaping from the Duisburg zoo, and a bear escapee from Osnabrueck suffered the same fate in 2017.

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