A lion has been shot dead after escaping its enclosure at a zoo in Belgium.
The female lion escaped its enclosure at Planckendael Zoo, but did not get out of the zoo grounds.
The site was evacuated and closed while a veterinarian tried to sedate the animal.
However, the zoo later reported that the lion had been shot dead by police.
In a tweet, the zoo said it “had to let the escaped lion sleep” after two “failed anaesthetic attempts”. It said that no visitors or staff were at risk.
The lion escaped shortly after the zoo’s opening time so there were not many people inside. The park is 19 miles (30km) north of Brussels.
Two schoolbuses full of children were held outside the zoo while staff attempted to find the lion.