Lions and tigers break out of zoo cages in western Germany

Lions and tigers break out of zoo cages in western Germany

Lions and tigers break out of zoo cages in western Germany

Eifel Zoo has nearly 400 animals of 60 exotic and native species, including lions, tigers, and other big cats on its 30-acre site.

Keepers managed to lure the animals back into their pens.

A large search operation was carried out, involving the fire services, the police and veterinarians, the spokesman said. A massive hunt is under way for the five big cats.

The animals have escaped from their enclosures at the Eifel Zoo in the western town of Luenebach, which is near the border with Luxembourg and Belgium.

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Thunderstorms had sparked flash floods in the area overnight and completely flooded the private zoo, which is located on a riverbank.

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 wild animals were later found by a drone inside the zoo compound, as reported by local media.

Friday's escape came two years after another similar case in eastern Germany, when two lions broke out of their cages at the Leipzig zoo. A bear was shot dead, Sky News reported.

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