Lions, Tigers, Jaguar Recaptured Hours After Escaping From Zoo

Lions, Tigers, Jaguar Recaptured Hours After Escaping From Zoo

Two lions, two tigers and a jaguar that escaped from a German zoo on Friday afternoon have been found, local media reported.

A bear, which also broke out of its enclosure at the Eifel Zoo in Luenebach, was shot dead, a spokesman for local authorities said. Residents of the German town Lunebach were asked to keep all doors and windows closed as local police rounded up the roaming animals.

It was not immediately clear how or when exactly the animals escaped, but heavy thunderstorms overnight had resulted in bad flooding across the zoo, which is on a riverbank. Police say they are responding the situation but now have no further details.

According to the zoo's website, it is owned by the Wallpott family and has three permanent employees.

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A drone deployed to find the missing beasts - two lions, two tigers and a jaguar - finally located them within their caged areas, said regional authorities. A massive hunt is under way for the five big cats.

In an earlier zoo incident two year ago, two lions broke out of their cages at the Leipzig zoo.

In addition, wild animals have broken out of the zoo.

One of the lions was shot dead while the other was eventually brought back into captivity.