Lion killed and another recaptured following escape at German Zoo

Lion killed and another recaptured following escape at German Zoo
The missing two lions.

Update 2.15pm A German zoo says it has recaptured one lion but had to kill another after they escaped from their cage overnight.

The Leipzig Zoo said no people were injured in the incident after the juvenile lions somehow escaped from their enclosure.

Zoo officials said one lion was successfully corralled back into its cage and the second was shot with a tranquilliser.

Zoo director Joerg Junhold told the dpa news agency that the tranquilliser failed, however, and the lion had to be shot.

Mr Junhold said: "in this case the safety of people came first."

The two male lions, Majo and Motshegetsi, were born about a year ago in Switzerland's Basel Zoo and had been at the Leipzig Zoo since August.

It was not clear which lion was killed.

Update 12 noon: A German zoo says it has recaptured one lion and sedated another after they escaped from their cage overnight.

The Leipzig Zoo said that nobody was injured in the incident after the juvenile lions somehow escaped from their enclosure.

Zoo officials say one lion was successfully corralled back into its cage and the second was shot with a tranquilliser and was expected to soon also be back behind bars.

The two male lions, Majo and Motshegetsi, were born about a year ago in Switzerland's Basel Zoo and have been at the Leipzig Zoo since August.

Earlier:

Two lions have escaped from a zoo in eastern Germany, officials say.

The Leipzig Zoo told the dpa news agency that the lions somehow escaped from their cages overnight and are somewhere on the zoo grounds.

The zoo is not opening to the public until the two big cats are found, and the zoo says an emergency plan is in place.

The two male lions, Majo and Motshegetsi, were born about a year ago in Basel Zoo and have been at the Leipzig Zoo since August.

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