Lions, tigers, jaguar and bear escape zoo in Germany

Five dangerous predators including two lions two tigers and a jaguar escaped from a zoo in Lunebach western Germany. A jaguar

Five dangerous predators including two lions two tigers and a jaguar escaped from a zoo in Lunebach western Germany. A jaguar

Police killed a bear and were searching for two lions, two tigers and a jaguar that broke out of their cages in a zoo in western Germany on Friday.

A flood-hit German town was locked down for several hours Friday over fears that five unsafe big cats had escaped a local zoo before they were found hiding in their soggy enclosures. Residents in surrounding areas were told to stay indoors until all animals were accounted for.

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

The drama peaked midmorning when the bear was discovered - and shot dead.

According to the German broadcaster, heavy rain meant the water level increased and nearly the "entire zoo was flooded".


Part of a local motorway had been blocked off due to high waters, and a train was derailed although no injuries were reported. A massive hunt is under way for the five big cats.

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

Owned by the Wallpott family, the 30-hectare (74-acre) zoo is home to almost 400 animals of 60 species, including Siberian tigers and lions.

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

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

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