And the zoo was in the middle of it. Owned privately, the Eifel Zoo is home to nearly 400 animals of 60 species, including Siberian tigers and lions.
“2 Tigers. 2 Lions. 1 Jaguar. 1 shot bear. The Eifel is turning into a jungle,” one tweet read.
“The animals forgot to take the monkeys and the penguins, otherwise they might still be free,” read another, in a reference to the movie “Madagascar.”
Zoo escapes, while not everyday events, have happened before in Germany. In 2016, two lions broke out of their enclosures at the Leipzig Zoo. One was shot. Four years earlier, five chimpanzees broke out of their enclosures at a zoo in Hanover, in northern Germany.
By Friday night, things were beginning to return to normal at the Eifel Zoo. “The animals are O.K. and calm,” Mr. Faymonville said.
The humans perhaps less so: Late into the night, they were still assessing storm damage.