GEORGIA-FLOOD

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(NEWSER) – Some 1.1 million people in the Georgian capital of Tbilisi have been told to stay indoors after widespread flooding left their streets decidedly more wild than usual: Lions, tigers, bears, wolves, and a hippopotamus escaped their confines at the city's zoo after surging waters destroyed them, reports al Jazeera. At least 10 people, including three zoo workers have been confirmed dead, though it's not clear if any of the human deaths were due to escaped animals.

"I can’t imagine this tragedy," a zoo rep says. "Almost the whole zoo is underwater." What's also not clear: How many animals escaped. The hippo was later shot with a tranquilizer gun in front of a Swatch store in one of the city's main squares, reports the Washington Post; other zoo animals including a lion, bear, and hyena, were reportedly shot and killed, notes the AP.

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