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Lions, tigers and jaguar located after German zoo escape fears but bear shot dead

The animals managed to escape from Eifel Zoo in Luenebach, western Germany after their enclosures flooded following severe rain. Photo: AP/Press Association Images

Two lions, two tigers, a jaguar and a bear have been located after it was thought they had broken out of their cages in a western German zoo after heavy rains flooded the area and damaged their enclosures.

Hours later, authorities said those animals had, in fact, never left their cages at Eifel Zoo in Luenebach, a bear, however, was shot dead after heavy rains swept away the fencing for its enclosure, allowing it to escape.

The incident at the privately-run Eifel Zoo in Luenebach, near the border with Luxembourg and Belgium, sparked a massive search by police as they warned local residents to stay indoors.

The big cats were all located after several hours with the help of a drone on the grounds of the zoo. Credit: PA

The big cats were all located after several hours with the help of a drone on the grounds of the zoo, and were successfully corralled back into their cages, police spokesman Joerg Raskopp said.

The bear escaped from the 30-hectare (75-acre) zoo grounds into the rolling hills of the Eifel region and had to be shot, Mr Raskopp said.