- A lioness is suspected to be on the loose in the outskirts of Berlin, with hundreds of officers involved in a large-scale police operation.
- The origin of the lioness remains a mystery, as checks with local circuses, zoos, and animal sanctuaries have not identified any missing lions.
- Authorities have deployed hunters with tranquilizer guns and veterinarians to subdue the lioness, with the public advised to stay indoors and keep pets locked up.
The tranquil town of Kleinmachnow, on the southwestern edge of Berlin, Germany, has become the setting of an intense police operation, as authorities scramble to track down a loose animal believed to be a lioness.
“We are currently working on the assumption that the animal is a lioness,” a Brandenburg Police spokesperson confirmed.
Residents have been advised to remain indoors, keep their pets locked up, and avoid setting up market stalls, while authorities carry out the unusual operation.
The first alert was issued early on Thursday, urging the towns of Kleinmachnow, Teltow, and Stahnsdorf residents to stay indoors.
The “escaped wild animal” continued to elude law enforcement, who reiterated their advice hours later.
An emergency line was also established for residents who might spot the beast.
Interestingly, local childcare centers remained open, though children were not permitted in outdoor play areas.
The German newspaper, Süddeutsche Zeitung, reported a local had filmed the animal feasting on a wild creature around midnight, but the police subsequently lost its trace.
Authorities now believe the lioness may be resting in a wooded area.
A police spokesperson expressed bewilderment over the exotic animal sighting, stating, “If a lioness comes to Germany, it has to be documented.”
The origin of the lioness remains a mystery.
Authorities have not yet determined its escape point.
Initial rumors suggested the lioness might have escaped from a traveling circus, but checks with circuses, zoos, animal parks, and sanctuaries yielded no leads.
The spokesperson conceded, “We simply do not know where it comes from.”
The hunt continues with armed hunters wielding tranquilizer guns and veterinarians assisting in the capture efforts.
The aim is to subdue the animal non-lethally, but a spokeswoman for the Potsdam-Mittelmark district cautioned that this could change depending on the situation.
This unprecedented operation has turned a quiet corner of Germany into a place of high drama and anticipation.