Germany Zoo Animals Escape Cages Amid Severe Flooding

Germany Zoo Animals Escape Cages Amid Severe Flooding

Germany Zoo Animals Escape Cages Amid Severe Flooding

Police told the Associated Press Friday morning that the escaped animals are believed to still be on the grounds of Eifel Zoo in Lünebach.

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

Residents had been warned to stay inside their homes as authorities conduct a search operation for the animals, the UK's Express reported. "They are back where they belong - in their enclosures", said a spokesman.

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

The zoo opened in 1965 with dogs, donkeys and a wild boar, but has since expanded and is now home to 400 animals of 60 species, including Siberian tigers and lions, and sees around 70,000 people visit per year.

Many residents were busy on Friday clearing muddy water from their cellars and removing trees downed by the severe storm.

Friday's great escape comes two years after two lions broke out of their cages at a zoo in Leipzig in eastern Germany. An escaped bear was found and had to be shot dead.

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