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Some Tbilisi Zoo Animals 'May Still Be On The Loose'


Zookepers say some animals from the flooded zoo in Georgia's capital, Tbilisi, might still be at large.

Zoo spokeswoman Mzia Sharashidze, said on June 18, "Several animals may possibly be on the loose, but we need to complete a thorough inventory of dead and surviving animals to know for sure."

The flash flood at the weekend tore through central districts of Tbilisi, destroying the zoo and killing 19 people including three zoo workers.

On June 17, an escaped tiger mauled a man to death in the Georgia's capital, Tbilisi, and had to be shot.

More than half of the zoo's 600 animals either drowned in the muddy waters or were later killed by police.

Lions, tigers, bears, and a hippo were seen roaming the flooded streets in the wake of the disaster and were either shot dead or recaptured and returned to their enclosures.

The tiger attack on June 17 came just two days after Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili said all the animals which were swept from the zoo had been put down or captured.

He later apologized "for giving wrong information."

Based on reporting by AFP
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