German zoo escape: Lions, tigers and jaguar recaptured in Lünebach

The lions Malor and Lira (front) in Eifel zoo in 2016Image copyright

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The lions Malor and Lira (front) in Eifel zoo in 2016. It is unclear if they were among the escapees

Two lions, two tigers and a jaguar that escaped from a zoo in Lünebach in western Germany have been recaptured.

The animals were found after a search involving drones, officials quoted by German media said. Local residents had earlier been told to stay indoors.

A bear also escaped from the privately owned Eifel zoo, but was shot dead, a local official told AFP.

German media say the animals broke out after a storm overnight caused flooding that damaged their enclosures.

A massive search was then launched involving police, firefighters and veterinarians.

Owned by the Wallpott family, the 30-hectare (74-acre) zoo is home to nearly 400 animals of 60 species, including Siberian tigers and lions.

It was first established in 1965 with only dogs, donkeys and a wild boar, according to the zoo’s website, and is visited by 70,000 people a year.

Friday’s escape comes two years after two lions broke out of their cages at a zoo in Leipzig in eastern Germany. One was shot dead and the other recaptured.

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