Sunday, June 14, 2015

Tigers, hippos, others on the loose in Georgia after heavy flooding destroy zoo

The capital of Georgia has been placed on lockdown after heavy flooding destroyed enclosures at the city's zoo allowing tigers, lions, jaguars, wolves, jackals and a hippo to escape and roam the streets.
Residents in Tbilisi have been warned to stay indoors after more than 30 dangerous animals became free from the zoo after heavy rain and wind.             
The flash floods have already killed up to 12 people including three workers who are employed at Tbilisi Zoo.
The zoo said one of the dead was Guliko Chitadze, a zookeeper who lost an arm in an attack by a tiger last month. The husband of zookeeper Ms Chitadze also died in the flooding.

Some of the animals have been seized but it is unclear how many are still on the loose.

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