A lion has been shot dead after it escaped its enclosure at a zoo in Belgium.

The female lion escaped its enclosure at Planckendael Zoo, but did not escape the zoo grounds.

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The zoo was evacuated and closed while a veterinarian tried to sedate the animal.

However the zoo later reported she had been shot dead by police.

In a tweet, the zoo said: “After two failed anaesthetic attempts, we had to let the escaped lion sleep. Never did anyone of visitors or staff at risk.”

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The lion escaped shortly after the zoo’s opening time so there were not many people inside. The park is 19 miles north of Brussels.

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