Big cats swim out of pens at German zoo

A massive hunt is under way for the five beasts

A massive hunt is under way for the five beasts

Two lions, two tigers and a jaguar were thought to have escaped their enclosures Friday at a zoo in western Germany, sparking a massive search by police and warnings to residents to stay indoors.

Police told The Sun that the animals broke out of the Eifel Zoo, located near the borders of Luxembourg and Belgium.

The animals were able to escape after flooding from an overnight storm that caused a river to burst its banks damaged their enclosures.

Those living nearby have also been asked to report any sightings of the big cats, now loose in Western Germany. It is home to some 400 animals, including around 60 exotic and native animals, according to Eifel Zoo's site.

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Friday's escape came two years after another similar case in eastern Germany, when two lions broke out of their cages at the Leipzig zoo.

Police in nearby Pruem confirmed today a report from the regional SWR broadcaster that the big cats had escaped from the zoo in the hilly Eifel area. A bear was shot dead, Sky News reported.

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

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