TBILISI, GEORGIA — Residents in the capital of Georgia stayed inside Sunday as authorities worked to capture dozens of carnivorous animals that escaped from the zoo and roamed free in the streets after a debilitating flood.
The flood in Tbilisi mangled cars, damaged homes and killed at least 12 people, the BBC reported.
The River Vere overflowed its banks and flooded the Tbilisi Zoo Saturday night. The river normally holds very little water, according to the BBC, and runs parallel to a highway through the middle of the city.
The rising waters loosened dozens of animal cages inside the zoo. Three zoo workers died in the flood, including Guliko Chitadze, a 25-year veteran who had her arm amputated after a tiger attacked her in May.
Dozens of animals representing a range of species escaped as a result of the flood, according to Tbilisi Zoo spokeswoman Mzia Sharashidze.
"Some 20 wolves, eight lions, white tigers, tigers, jackals, jaguars have either been shot dead by special forces or are missing. Only three out of our 17 penguins were saved," Sharashidze said.
Images from the aftermath showed a tranquilized hippopotamus in the street, a small bear clinging to the second-story wall of a building and several large animals dead along the river banks.
Rescue officials reportedly focused their efforts on tranquilizing the escaped animals. But some of the more dangerous animals had to be killed, including six wolves that were found roaming the grounds of a children's hospital, the New York Times reported.
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