Police have killed a bear and are searching for two lions, two tigers and a jaguar that broke out of their cages in a zoo in western Germany.
A bear, which also broke out of its enclosure at the Eifel Zoo in Luenebach, was shot dead, a spokesman for local authorities said.
Numerous police, zookeepers, and firefighters are combing the zoo looking for the animals before they wandered into the town.
Animal escapes from zoos are rare but not entirely unheard of. Local residents were advised to stay in their homes and to call the police if they saw the animals.
As it turned out, the cats had never left the sprawling 30-hectare Eifel Zoo in Luenebach, much of which was under water after huge thunderstorms overnight.
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According to the German broadcaster, heavy rain meant the water level increased and nearly the "entire zoo was flooded".
The other animals were found later on Friday by a drone inside the zoo compound, local media said.
The zoo is home to around 400 animals, including a Siberian tigers and African lions as well as many more big cats.
Friday's escape came two years after a similar case in eastern Germany, when two lions broke out of their cages at the Leipzig zoo.