Lions, tigers and a bear escape a German zoo

Lions, tigers and a bear escape a German zoo

Local authorities advised residents to stay inside their homes and call police if they see anything.

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

According to Sky News, it's unclear what circumstances lead to the bear's death.

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

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

Those living nearby have also been asked to report any sightings of the big cats, now loose in Western Germany. At the zoo, which is located on a riverbank, the water was knee-high.

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The bear escaped from the 75-acre zoo grounds into the rolling hills of the Eifel region and had to be shot, Raskopp said.

It was not clear how and when the animals escaped.

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.

Two years ago two lions broke out of their cages in a zoo in Leipzig, one was safely captured whilst the other was shot dead.

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

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