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  • 5 March 2013, 11:22

Zoo lets the lions out

Recaptured /Europics

A dozy zoo keeper caused panic when two lions escaped after he left the doors to their enclosure open while he cleaned it.

Armed police and wildlife experts evacuated the zoo in China's Chongqing city while they stalked the big cats - one male and one female - for three hours.

"We found the female first and subdued her with a tranquilliser gun but the male took longer to find and bring back," said a zoo spokesman.

"They both recovered quickly and are no worse off for their adventure," he added.

Officials have apologised to locals and customers for the drama.

"You can't blame the lions. It was human error and they naturally took advantage of it," said one.