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Lion on the loose in German capital Berlin as cops order people stay inside and not leave their homes

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GERMAN cops have urged people to stay indoors as a lioness is on the loose in the capital.

Officers advised the residents of Berlin’s southern suburbs not to leave their houses and to keep pets indoors.

Cops in Berlin urged locals to stay indoors after a loose lion was spotted

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Cops in Berlin urged locals to stay indoors after a loose lion was spottedCredit: BNO News

Public broadcaster rbb reported that a police operation involving a helicopter and thermal imaging cameras was underway with the help of the fire brigade. 

Authorities in Brandenburg state warned residents of the districts of Kleinmachnow, Teltow and Stahnsdorf to watch out for a potentially dangerous animal, suspected to be a lioness, that was on the loose.

The warning was later extended to southern areas of Berlin and an alert was sent on an official warning app that the animal was suspected to be a lioness.

Vets and hunters were participating in a search for the creature.

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Police had no immediate information on who owned it.

Two men reported seeing a big cat running after a wild boar, the latter common in and around Berlin, police spokesman Daniel Kiep told local public broadcaster rbb.

The two gentlemen recorded a smartphone video and even experienced police officers had to confirm that it is probably a lioness, he said, adding that there were various reported sightings.

Neither of Berlin’s two zoos nor any circuses were missing a lioness, he added.

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