Wednesday 21 August 2019

Lions, tigers and jaguar recaptured after German zoo escape

A bear which also escaped from the facility was shot, officials said.

The Eifelzoo in Luenebach, western Germany (AP)
The Eifelzoo in Luenebach, western Germany (AP)

By Associated Press Reporters

Two lions, two tigers, a jaguar and a bear have been recaptured after breaking out of their cages in a western German zoo after heavy rains flooded the area and damaged their enclosures.

The incident at the privately-run Eifel Zoo in Luenebach, near the border with Luxembourg and Belgium, sparked a massive search by police as they warned local residents to stay indoors.

A bear which also escaped the facility was fatally shot (AP)

The big cats were all located after several hours with the help of a drone on the grounds of the zoo, and were successfully corralled back into their cages, police spokesman Joerg Raskopp said.

The bear escaped from the 30-hectare (75-acre) zoo grounds into the rolling hills of the Eifel region and had to be shot, Mr Raskopp said.

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