Lions, tigers, jaguar and bear escape zoo in Germany

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Two lions were among the six animals that escaped their enclosures at a flooded western Germany zoo, before five were recaptured.

German police are advising residents in the western town of Lünebach to stay inside their homes after two lions, two tigers, a jaguar and a bear broke out of their cages in a local zoo. Local residents had earlier been told to stay indoors.

A bear also escaped from its cage and was shot dead, a spokesman for local law enforcement told AFP.

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It is reported that a river overflowed and wore down fences, allowing the unsafe animals a way out.

The privately owned Eifel zoo, located about 15 kilometers (9 miles) from the Belgian border, owns hundreds of animal species and spans an area of around 30 hectares (74 acres).

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

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The animals included two lions, two tigers, a bear and a jaguar, according to several news reports. Wildlife lovers said the case showed wild animals should not be kept in cages.

The zoo is home to about 400 animals, many of which are big cats.

A number of risky animals have escaped from a zoo in Germany, according to reports. One was captured, the other shot dead.

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