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Snow leopard on the loose in Belgium shot
Authorities near the Belgian city of Liege were forced to shoot and kill a snow leopard that escaped a zoo Tuesday night. The news comes as a sad ending for the animal that arrived from Austria only two weeks ago.
The leopard escaped through a window Tuesday morning at the Monde Sauvage safari park around 10am, spurring an intense search that included tracking dogs carried on throughout the day until the early hours of Wednesday.
According to zoo officials, the animal was finally found in a parking lot inside the park, but security was left with no choice but to shoot.
Students in the area were kept indoors for safety precautions, as residents feared the animal was loose in the neighbourhood. Zoo officials are investigating to find out how the animal was able to escape.