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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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Huge spike in ‘designer’ dogs going into rescue

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 The RSPCA has reported a huge spike in the number of ‘designer’ dogs arriving into its care.

Figures published by the charity show there has been a 517 per cent increase in the number of French bulldogs arriving into its kennels. During that time, the charity has also seen an increase in dachshunds, chihuahuas, and crossbreeds.

RSPCA dog welfare expert Lisa Hens said: “We know that the breeds of dog coming into our care often reflect the trends in dog ownership in the wider world and, at the moment, it doesn’t get more trendy than ‘designer’ dogs like French bulldogs and Dachshunds."

 

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