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‘Escaped’ big cats found in enclosures at German zoo
Floods swept through the privately owned Eifel Zoo, leaving two lions, two tigers and a jaguar unaccounted for. (Stock photo)
Bear shot dead after escaping during floods 

Five big cats that were feared missing after storms hit a zoo in western Germany never left their enclosures, it has emerged.

Local residents were advised to stay indoors after floods swept through the privately owned Eifel Zoo, leaving two lions, two tigers and a jaguar unaccounted for.

After the flood water receded, zoo keepers searched for the animals using drones and founded them still in their enclosures.

An escaped bear was shot dead, however, officials confirmed.

Andreas Kruppert, mayor of the municipality of Arzfeld, is quoted by the BBC as saying: “As a result of serious flooding the high water pressure on the gate [of the bear enclosure] meant that it gave way.

“As a result, and also in and effort to save itself from the rising water, the bear fled the enclosure on to the path. Emergency responders were already there and because the bear posed a serious threat to the people in the vicinity the bear sadly had to be shot.”

Flood damage to the zoo is still being assessed and the animals will be transferred to another zoo if necessary.

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New single-dose RHD-2 vaccine launched

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 The first monovalent vaccine to be registered in Europe for the prevention of rabbit hemorrhagic disease type 2 (RHD-2) has been launched by animal health firm HIPRA.

ERAVAC is a single-dose injectable emulsion that can be administered without the need for reconstitution beforehand. The new presentation contains 10 vials with individual doses that can be given to companion rabbits from 30 days of age. 

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New canine and feline dentistry manual announced

A new canine and feline dentistry and oral surgery manual has been published by the BSAVA. Announcing the news on its website, the BSAVA said this latest edition contains new step-by-step operative techniques, together with full-colour illustrations and photographs.

‘This is a timely publication; veterinary dentistry is a field that continues to grow in importance for the general veterinary practitioner,’ the BSAVA said. ‘The manual has been fully revised and updated to include the most relevant, evidence-based techniques.’

The BSAVA Manual of Canine and Feline Dentistry and Oral Surgery, 4th edition is available to purchase from