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Tigers, lions, wolves, and hyenas have escaped from Tbilisi zoo and are running around the city

Reuters/Beso Gulashvili
On the run.
By Max Nisen
Published Last updated This article is more than 2 years old.

Parts of Tbilisi, Georgia, are on lockdown as police attempt to find wild animals that escaped from the city zoo, after massive flooding on June 14. Among the missing are eight lions, tigers, hyenas, a jaguar, wolves, and one crocodile, thought to have broken free after their enclosures filled with water from the Kura river, which runs alongside the zoo.

Some Tbilisi residents have ventured out to gawk at more ponderous creatures wandering through the capital, including a bear and hippo. It’s unclear exactly how many more are still loose. Some have been killed when they could not be captured.

At least 11 people and three zoo employees died in the flooding, according to The Washington Post. Here’s video from the AP showing a hippopotamus on the lam:

The flood has resulted in some pretty jarring images, including the hippo wandering in front of a Tbilisi Swatch store:

Reuters/Belo Gulashvili

The hippo has since been tranquilized and is being corralled to safety:

AP Photo/Tinatin Kiguradze
Hippo herding.

Large parts of the city, and the zoo, are still covered in muck and water:

Reuters/Irakli Gedenidze
Rescuers work on a flooded Tbilisi street.

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