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REUTERS : Heart Breaking Moments From Tbilisi Zoo

Carcasses of wild beasts that have been shot dead or killed litter the muddied streets of Tbilisi as their great escape comes to a tragic end.

Flash flooding in the Georgian capital had destroyed the animal’s enclosures at Tbilisi zoo and turned it into a ‘hellish whirlpool’, leaving them free to roam the streets in scenes reminiscent of a Hollywood disaster movie.

Today, the clean-up operation began to clear the carcasses of bears, tigers and wolves that all lay in a heap in the murky sludge of the capital city’s streets.

But there was some welcome news as the hippopotamus that was cornered and subdued with a tranquilliser gun was returned to the zoo in good health.

A volunteer begins the clean up operation today, as workers prepare burials for three bears lying face down in the filthy mud following the flash floods in the Georgian capital 

The animals were able to escape their enclosures in Tbilisi zoo which were turned it into a 'hellish whirlpool', leaving bears, tigers and lions free to roam the streets in scenes reminiscent of a Hollywood disaster movie

Rescue workers drag the filthy body of a dead tiger from the street as the mass clean up operation in Tbilisi got underway today

A rescue worker heaves a tiger along by a stick - it is feared there are still zoo animals on the loose following the flash floods that destroyed the animals' enclosures 

The mangled body of a bear lies on the sludge in Tbilisi as workers in the background prepare burials for the dead animals

The body of a bear lies next to destroyed cars in Tbilisi after flash foods devastated the Georgian capital and led to dangerous beats on the loose in the city streets 

 

Workers haul the body of a bear out of a building following flash foods in Tbilisi that caused widespread destruction and devastation

A man takes pictures on his camera of the bodies of two bears lying face down in the mud after animals escaped from Tbilisi zoo

There was some welcome news today as the hippopotamus that was cornered and shot with a tranquilizer gun was safe and well

A zoo employee touches a dead animal at a flooded zoo in the Georgian capital Tbilis.

Rescuers are still trawling through the city looking for bodies and any survivors in the disaster, which destroyed cars, roads and infrastructure