April 20, 2024 6:14 am





Elusive ‘Lioness’ Continues to Roam Free Near Berlin, Sparking Intrigue

German Police on the Lookout for Escaped Lioness Roaming Berlin Outskirts

German police have launched an extensive search for a wild animal believed to be a lioness, which was last sighted more than 24 hours ago on the outskirts of Berlin. The story has captivated Germany, with social media flooded with satirical memes. The search is based on the testimony of two witnesses who captured a short, grainy video of what appeared to be a lioness chasing a wild boar down a street. Although their account and a sighting by police officers are the only evidence so far, the search continues.

Police officers, equipped with night-vision goggles and drones, combed through suburban communities southwest of Berlin during the early hours of Friday. They have enlisted animal trackers, veterinarians, and hunters, along with more than 100 police officers, helicopters, and thermal-imaging cameras. Despite these efforts, the animal remains elusive, leading to speculations about whether it was being kept illegally. Register lions in Brandenburg state, surrounding Berlin, have been accounted for, raising questions about the origin of the escapee. The lioness, once found, will be tranquilized and taken to an animal shelter.

The search has prompted cautionary measures in the area. Residents have been advised to exercise caution, avoid adjacent forests, and pay close attention to the safety of their pets and farm animals. Brandenburg police have urged anyone crossing paths with the lioness to seek immediate safety and report the sighting to the police.

Despite reported sightings and tips from citizens, no trace of the animal has been located thus far. Wildlife experts have expressed doubts about it being a lioness due to the absence of any evidence since the initial sightings. The video footage has raised questions about the authenticity of the escapee, as the creature’s relatively short tail and large ears are not typically characteristic of a lion. Circus owner, Michel Rogall, stated that he has never seen a lion with such features. However, the search continues until further evidence emerges.

This is not the first time Germans have been on high alert due to escaped wild animals. In 2019, residents in the town of Herne were warned to keep their windows closed after a deadly cobra escaped. Similar incidents include a kangaroo hopping across a busy road in Erfurt and the shooting of an escaped lion in Leipzig in 2016 after a failed tranquilization attempt.

Source: AFP

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