At least 12 people have died after flooding destroyed enclosures at the zoo in Georgia’s capital of Tbilisi, leaving animals including lions and tigers roaming the city, officials said Sunday.
Some of the animals that escaped, which also include bears and wolves, were captured or killed, and the search for those still on the loose continued Sunday, the news agency Civil.ge. reported.
Heavy rainfall started late Saturday and turned the Vere, normally a small stream, into a “raging river,” the news agency said.
Tbilisi residents were warned to stay indoors.