Zoo Animals on the Loose after Devastating Flood

June 16, 2015 | Current Events, Interesting Facts

Tbilisi Hippo_CnnA freak storm hit Tbilisi, Georgia last Sunday leaving 14 people dead with more than 20 people still missing. The heavy downpour and strong winds destroyed houses, roads, trees and vehicles in the capital city.

The region experienced a damaging flood which allowed dozens of zoo animals to escape from their enclosures and roam on the streets causing panic to the residents.

Among the escaped animals from the Tbilisi Zoo, located along the banks of the Kura River, were lions, tigers, bears, jaguar, hippopotamus, and wolves. There were dead bears recovered, some wild animals shot dead and a crocodile rescued from the muddy water.  The government declared Monday as a holiday and asked the people to stay indoors while the wild animals are on the loose.

One of the witnesses said, “I can’t imagine this tragedy.  Almost the whole zoo is underwater.”

“The situation is rather difficult,” Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili said. “We haven’t seen anything like this in Tbilisi before.”

According to the Georgian Culture Minister Mikheil Giorgadze as told to the NBC News: “The special forces are doing everything to control the situation. We are all mobilized”

The government estimated the cost of damage to be around $20 million.

Tbilisi JweekInteresting facts about Tbilisi, Georgia

  • Georgia is located on the southeastern edge of Europe.
  • Tbilisi is the capital and largest city in Georgia and founded in the 5th century.
  • Tbilisi is a hilly city along a river valley and lies in the centre of Eastern Georgia.
  • Tbilisi has a population of about 1.5 million people.
  • Tbilisi has a mixture of people from different ethnic and religious backgrounds
  • Tbilisi’s architecture is a mix of medieval, classical and Soviet structures.
  • Tbilisi was once under the Persian and Russian rule.

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