Lions, Tigers, a Jaguar and a Bear: Zoo Escape Grips Germany

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

The police on Friday caught several large animals, including lions, tigers, a jaguar after they escaped from a zoo in the Eifel mountain range in western Germany on Friday.

A bear which had broken free from its enclosure was however shot dead, a spokesman for local authorities said.

German media report the animals were able to break out after flooding from a storm overnight.

It is unclear what circumstances lead to the bear's death. Residents in the area have been advised to stay indoors while a hunt is under way for the big cats.

Vets are said to be on sight as well as police and firefighters.

Owned by the Wallpott family, the Eifel Zoo in the Rhineland-Palatinate near the border with Luxembourg is home to about 400 animals from 60 species, including a Siberian tiger.

Most were found on the grounds of the zoo and returned to their cages. A bear was shot dead, Sky News reported.

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

The visitor, a woman who wishes to remain anonymous, said that Lyka the lioness had been written off as a "breeding mistake" by the Maasin Zoo in Iloilo, southern Philippines, having gone blind after being born in 2013 with eyesight problems.

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