APOCALYPTIC SCENES in GEORGIA: Lions, Bears, Wolves and a HIPPO Escape From Zoo During Freak Flood

The capital of Georgia has been placed on lockdown after heavy flooding destroyed enclosures at the city’s zoo allowing tigers, lions, jaguars, wolves, jackals and a hippo to escape and roam the streets.

Residents in Tbilisi have been warned to stay indoors after more than 30 dangerous animals became free from the zoo after heavy rain and wind.

The flash floods have already killed up to 12 people including three workers who are employed at Tbilisi Zoo.

A hippo who escaped from a zoo in the Georgian capital Tbilisi after flash flood destroyed the animal's enclosures allowing them to roam the streets 

As well as the hippo, tigers, lions, bears and wolves has escaped for their pens, forcing the city to be placed on lockdown by authorities 

The escaped hippo was eventually cornered in the main square of Tbilisi and was subdued by being shot with a tranquiliser gun

The zoo said one of the dead was Guliko Chitadze, a zookeeper who lost an arm in an attack by a tiger last month. The husband of zookeeper Ms Chitadze also died in the flooding.

Some of the animals have been seized but it is unclear how many are still on the loose.

Eight bears and 20 wolves are also among the animals who fled from their enclosures as well as six tigers and six lions.

It has also been reported that six wolves were killed after they were found near to a children’s hospital and a video showed locals trying to save an escaped bear.

Before being cornered, pictures showed the large hippo wandering along a main street among stranded cars on a dual carriageway 

Residents of Tbilisi were being urged to stay indoors until authorities can track down all of the dangerous animals that escaped from their pens 

Helicopters are now circling the city of Tbilisi, which is home to around 1.1million people, to track down all of the escaped animals 

Some of the animals have been captured but others are thought to be still on the loose. Local people push along a hippo who escaped from the city zoo 

The tranquilised hippo is pushed along the street in Tbilisi after escaping from the zoo during flash floods in the Georgian capital 

Tbilisi Zoo spokeswoman Mzia Sharashidze said: ‘Search for animals continues, but a large part of the zoo is simply non-existent. It was turned into a hellish whirlpool.

‘Some 20 wolves, eight lions, white tigers, tigers, jackals, jaguars have either been shot dead by special forces or are missing. Only three out of our 17 penguins were saved.’

Pictures from the Georgian capital have shown a large hippo wandering along a main street among stranded cars and in the city’s main square.

The zoo’s press service said that the hippo was eventually cornered in the main square before it was subdued with a tranquiliser gun.

Helicopters are now circling the city, which is home to around 1.1million people in a bid to track down all of the animals.

Heavy rains and wind hit Tbilisi last night, turning a normally small stream that runs through the hilly city into a surging river. The flooding also damaged dozens of houses.

City mayor David Narmania told journalists that eight people were known to have died and 10 others were missing.

It is estimated that the floods have caused £6.5million worth of damage.

Vice mayor of Tbilisi Irakly Lekvinadze added: ‘Dozens of families remain homeless as their houses were destroyed or damaged in the capital.’

A bear takes refuge on a window ledge of a building to escape from the flood waters below after escaping from a zoo. A total of eight bears broke free from the facility after their enclosure was destroyed 

A runaway bear sits on an air conditioning unit of a second floor building above the flooded street below as rescuers in a boat look on 

A bear tries to escape from the rising and rapid flood waters by clambering on top of debris after it broke free from Tbilisi Zoo when the animals' pens were destroyed by the water 

A man tries to save a bird, which had to be rescued from a flooded area of Tbilisi Zoo, which also saw three zookeepers killed A man tries to save a bird, which had to be rescued from a flooded area of Tbilisi Zoo, which also saw three zookeepers killed
A rescue worker tends to the body of a lion near to a flooded area of the zoo in Tbilisi after a deluge of heavy rain and wind overnight 

The body of a dead animal lies in the grass outside a flooded zoo in Tbilisi. Heavy flooding destroyed many of the enclosures inside the zoo 
The body of a dead animal lies in the grass outside a flooded zoo in Tbilisi. Heavy flooding destroyed many of the enclosures inside the zoo
People began posting pictures on Twitter of some of the other animals which are thought to have escaped. This picture reportedly shows wolves in the back of a truck, that were shot dead