Animals roam streets of Tbilisi after flooding kills 8, frees zoo animals

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TBILISI, GEORGIA –Wild animals roamed the streets of Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia, on Sunday, after raging floodwaters damaged the city’s zoo and set many of the animals free.

Eight people were killed by the flooding, several others were missing, and wolves, bears, big cats and even a hippopotamus were wandering the streets of the city, according to Civil.ge, a news agency funded by the EU and the UN.

Of the zoo’s 600 residents, including fish and birds, about half were missing on Sunday, the Tbilisi Zoo said.

Some animals have been recaptured, Civil.ge reported. Others have been killed.

But some animals were still on the lam.

Video from the city shows what appears to be a crocodile slithering down the city streets, as well as a hippopotamus standing around looking confused.

Also among the escapees were lions, tigers, bears and wolves, the agency reported. Georgia’s Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili asked residents to stay home while the animals are rounded up.