Five lions escape exhibit at Sydney zoo

Five lions have sparked a brief emergency at an Australian zoo after escaping from their enclosure.

The animals – one adult and four cubs – were spotted outside their exhibit at Sydney’s Taronga Zoo about 6:30 local time on Wednesday (22:30 GMT Tuesday).

The zoo was put in lockdown and one cub had to be tranquillised but all lions were secured within minutes, a spokesman said. No-one was injured.

An explanation for the escape has not been given.

But zoo executive director Simon Duffy called it a “significant incident” that would be investigated.

He told local media the lions had entered a small area “adjacent” to their exhibit – about 100m from where guests were staying at the zoo overnight. The main zoo was closed at the time.

“At no time did the lions exit that [adjacent] area or exit Taronga Zoo,” he said.

CCTV footage had shown that a keeper raised the alarm within 10 minutes of the escape, the zoo said.



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