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Georgia: Zoo animals roam streets of Tbilisi after deadly floods01:04

Georgia: Zoo animals roam streets of Tbilisi after deadly floods

Georgia, Tbilisi
June 14, 2015 at 09:41 GMT +00:00 · Published

Several wild animals prowled the streets of Tbilisi, Sunday, after heavy flooding allowed them to escape the confines of the Georgian capital's zoo. Special forces were deployed to tranquillize or shoot dead the beasts, several of which also died in the flooding.

A number of animals were recaptured, including a hippopotamus that was cornered and tranquillised in one of Tbilisi's main squares, however many remain on the loose including a bear, an ostrich and an alligator.

Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili has advised Tbilisi residents to stay indoors until all animals have been found. Meanwhile rescue workers are searching for people who may be trapped in their houses due to the flooding, which has so far claimed the lives of at least 12 people.

Video courtesy of Rustavi2 TV, Georgia.

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Several wild animals prowled the streets of Tbilisi, Sunday, after heavy flooding allowed them to escape the confines of the Georgian capital's zoo. Special forces were deployed to tranquillize or shoot dead the beasts, several of which also died in the flooding.

A number of animals were recaptured, including a hippopotamus that was cornered and tranquillised in one of Tbilisi's main squares, however many remain on the loose including a bear, an ostrich and an alligator.

Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili has advised Tbilisi residents to stay indoors until all animals have been found. Meanwhile rescue workers are searching for people who may be trapped in their houses due to the flooding, which has so far claimed the lives of at least 12 people.

Video courtesy of Rustavi2 TV, Georgia.

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