Flooding at Russian zoo kills bear, traps animals in cages

Two bears stand in a flooded cage in a zoo in the city of Ussuriysk eastern Russia Monday Aug. 31, 2015. (AP Photo/RTR) RUSSIA OUT

MOSCOW (KRON/AP) — 14 brown bears and a lion have been trapped in their cages, after a flood swept through a private zoo in Russia’s Far East.

Video broadcast on Russian state television showed the bears standing on their hind legs and clinging to the bars with their front paws to keep their heads above the muddy water in their half-submerged cages.

Vera Blishch, identified in the TV report as a bear trainer, checked on their condition from a boat Monday and said they were suffering from cold and lack of sleep.

One bear at the Green Island zoo in Ussuriysk already drowned after a river burst its banks Sunday following a deluge caused by Typhoon Goni, the state RIA Novosti news agency reported.

The television report showed volunteers gathering food and medicine for the surviving animals.

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