Residents of the German town Lunebach were asked to keep all doors and windows closed as local police rounded up the roaming animals.
Andreas Kruppert, the mayor of the town of Arzfeld, said the confusion arose because volunteers using a drone were unable to find the carnivores, prompting fears they had all escaped the zoo in Luenebach, near Germany's borders with Luxembourg and Belgium. "They are back where they belong - in their enclosures", said a spokesman.
The zoo is home to around 400 animals, including a Siberian tigers and African lions as well as many more big cats.
Thunderstorms had sparked flash floods in the area overnight and completely flooded the private zoo, which is located on a riverbank. Part of a local motorway had also been blocked off due to high waters.
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Five risky predators, including two lions, two tigers and a jaguar escaped from a zoo in Lunebach, western Germany.
Friday's great escape comes two years after two lions broke out of their cages at a zoo in Leipzig in eastern Germany. One was captured, the other shot dead.
The bear was later found outside the zoo and was shot and killed, according to officials.