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Lions, pumas escape from German zoo; police in pursuit

01 June 2018

Police have shot dead a bear and are searching for two lions, two tigers and a jaguar that broke out of their cages in a German zoo.

Two lions were among the six animals that escaped their enclosures at a flooded western Germany zoo, before five were recaptured.

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

The animals included two lions, two tigers, a bear and a jaguar, according to several news reports. All are now safely back in their enclosures, and fences are being checked, said Marc Pötz, a spokesman for the regional emergency center.

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The animals were believed to still be in the zoo's ground, but residents in the area, near the Luxembourg border, were advised to stay indoors.

The storm had caused widespread devastation in the region, where many residents were Friday clearing muddy water from their cellars and removing downed trees.

The Eifel zoo, owned by the Wallpott family, is home to around 400 animals, also including a Siberian tiger.

Friday's escape comes two years after two lions broke out of their cages at a zoo in Leipzig in eastern Germany. One was captured, the other shot dead.

Lions, pumas escape from German zoo; police in pursuit