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Two lions, two tigers and a jaguar escape from German zoo

Two lions, two tigers and a jaguar escape from German zoo

Police have shot dead a bear and are searching for two lions, two tigers and a jaguar that broke out of their cages in a German zoo.

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

A flood-hit German town was locked down for several hours Friday over fears that five unsafe big cats had escaped a local zoo before they were found hiding in their soggy enclosures.

It was not immediately clear how the zoo animals escaped, but German media reported that they may have broken out after flooding from an overnight storm.

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The caution has come even though the escaped animals are still believed to be on the grounds of the zoo. Area residents were advised to stay in their houses, close their doors and windows and keep an eye out for the missing animals.

Part of a local motorway had been blocked off due to high waters, and a train was derailed although no injuries were reported.

"That enabled multiple animals to escape". The five big cats were found within the confines of the park and were recaptured in the afternoon.

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