Zoo animals run free in Georgia

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Extreme flooding in the Georgian capital of Tbilisi  has killed at least 12 people and freed hundreds of zoo animals into the local city.

The flooding began when heavy rains caused the River Vere – normally little more than a stream – to burst its banks.

Floodwater rose to the rooftops of enclosures at the zoo, drowning hundreds of animals. Many animals were swept out of their enclosures and escaped.

Missing animals include tigers, lions, bears and wolves. A bear was found clinging to an air-conditioning unit half way up one building, while a man discovered a hyena on his balcony.Three of the dead people were found within the zoo.

The hippopotamus was cornered in one of the city’s main squares and subdued with a tranquiliser gun.

Tbilisi Zoo spokeswoman Mzia Sharashidze  said  that a number of wolves, lions, tigers, jackals and jaguars  had been shot dead in the town by special forces. It remains unclear how many are animals are still missing. Helicopters are circling the city as part of a search and rescue operation.

Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili has called on residents to stay indoors until all the animals have been found.

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kyle12013
kyle12013
June 15, 2015 9:36 am

wow woewow

death
death
June 15, 2015 11:31 am

What!!!!!!!!

prinzsimon28
prinzsimon28
June 15, 2015 7:33 pm

no!

jazzy_girlxx321
jazzy_girlxx321
June 16, 2015 9:17 am

why shot nd kill them :'( why dont they just build a little zoo fence around the animals

Sara-rose
Sara-rose
June 16, 2015 11:34 am

sad it is actually not the animals fault and if this keeps happening then the wild cats will be extinct. They are pretty much helpless 🙁

serenity
serenity
June 18, 2015 4:45 pm

OMG why would they have to do that : ( they could have waited for it to go to sleep

rageo
rageo
June 18, 2015 7:44 pm

What the?????

joshH
joshH
June 19, 2015 6:58 am

That’s just sad. We are killing animals that are amazing.

parkourman
parkourman
June 22, 2015 12:07 pm

cool

juliusT1
juliusT1
June 23, 2015 4:26 pm

I like bears

joy2003
joy2003
June 24, 2015 6:42 pm

i hope no one gets hurt

ELISE-F
ELISE-F
June 30, 2015 6:18 pm

sad but AWESOME!

ek
ek
February 2, 2016 7:34 pm

amazing, sad bit still amazing?

Netball
March 29, 2016 7:44 am

Sad. Wolves,Tigers,jackets,bears and lions are so cute

Taynah & Kenzie & Keesha
Taynah & Kenzie & Keesha
June 17, 2021 2:13 pm

Suprising and kinda scary at the same time.

I am ugly
I am ugly
September 6, 2021 1:31 pm

that is just so crazy

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