Lions, tigers and a jaguar recaptured after escape from German zoo

A bear also escaped but was shot dead a short time later

Lions, tigers and a jaguar recaptured after escape from German zoo

Malor the lion yawns in the animal enclosure in the Eifel zoo in Luenebach, Germany, 28-06-2016. Image: Harald Tittel/DPA/PA Images

Two lions, two tigers and a jaguar have been recaptured after breaking out of their cages in a German zoo.

A bear also escaped but was shot dead a short time later.

The animals escaped from their enclosures in the western town of Luenebach, which is near the border with Luxembourg and Belgium.

It is believed the animals never escaped the zoo grounds.

However, locals were warned to stay inside as a precaution - and to call the police if they saw any of the five predators at large.

The circumstances leading to the bear's death remain unclear.

German media reports have suggested the animals' enclosures were damaged in a storm, after a river overflowed and damaged fences.

Early reports from the regional broadcaster SWR suggested that lions and pumas had escaped, but officers later confirmed that the big cats were lions, tigers, and a jaguar.