Escaped bear shot; lions, tigers and jaguar recaptured at German zoo

Michele Stevens
June 1, 2018

Local residents were advised to stay in their homes and to call the police if they saw the animals.

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.

It was not immediately clear how the zoo animals escaped, but German media reported that they may have broken out after flooding from an overnight storm.

The animals included two lions, two tigers, a bear and a jaguar, according to several news reports.

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

The big cats were only found after the water began receding, said mayor Andreas Kruppert from the town located close to the Luxembourg border.

A bear escaped the Luenebach zoo's grounds and had to be shot, an official said.

Large predators are among the main attractions at the zoo, which is home to about 60 different species, including Siberian tigers and African lions, on about 30 hectares of land.

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

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