DThe search for a free-roaming big cat in Berlin and Brandenburg continues this Friday. As the police in Berlin announced, around 100 emergency services are currently busy with the search. During the night, there were therefore no new findings about the whereabouts.
According to a spokeswoman in Berlin, the search is still focused on the southern districts. How exactly the search measures look like during the day is not yet known. According to a spokeswoman for the West Police Department in Brandenburg, the current situation should first be discussed in the early morning.
In addition, professional animal trackers should search the forest, announced the mayor of Kleinmachnow, Michael Grubert (SPD), on the RBB. Among other things, the animal – presumably a lioness – is said to have been sighted in his community. “It can’t go on like this for days,” said Grubert, referring to the large-scale police operation.
The police in Brandenburg and Berlin continued to search on Friday night. In the south of the capital, around 220 police officers are deployed in the area where there were possible sightings, a spokeswoman for the Berlin police said on Thursday evening. Veterinarians and the city hunter are involved in the search. Night vision goggles and a night vision drone should be used. The operation focused on the Zehlendorf area, where the animal may have been seen.
“We watch the forests, but we don’t go into them anymore,” said a spokesman at night. “Our colleagues will remain on site at night and will continue the search tomorrow morning,” the Berlin police tweeted shortly before midnight. Around 70 emergency services continued to secure the affected area. In daylight, drones should then be used again for the search, it said.
Police officers saw big cat “secured”.
At the same time, the police in Brandenburg continued their search at night. A police spokesman said in the evening that several groups were out at night. “We follow up on every tip.” According to the police, more than 100 officers were on duty during the day. The police said there were repeated reports from citizens to the police and the responsible regulatory office. These would be systematically checked. “So far, none of the clues have led to the identification of the wild animal we are looking for.”
The warning reached the population south of Berlin on Thursday night: A free-roaming big cat is said to have been sighted in Kleinmachnow in Brandenburg. A few seconds of cell phone video from a witness shows an animal sneaking around between bushes and trees. The investigating authorities consider the video to be genuine. During the night, police officers also saw the big cat “secured”, said a spokeswoman for the authorities.
There were other possible sightings in the afternoon and evening in the Berlin city area, near the southern border with Brandenburg. The Berlin police therefore concentrated their search on the area in Zehlendorf around the long Königsweg. Potsdam also called on residents to be vigilant: “Open your eyes! Potsdam is not far away,” the city said on Twitter.
At first, however, there was no trace: neither blood, nor faeces, nor paw prints indicated the presence of the animal in the region. From the point of view of the veterinarian Achim Gruber from the Free University of Berlin, doubts remain as to whether it is really a lioness. “I think it’s possible that it’s a lioness, but I’m not convinced,” said Gruber in the RBB special. He bet on the hunting dogs that were looking for the animal. If they find no traces, this is “a strong piece of the puzzle” against the hypothesis that you are dealing with a lioness.
And if it really is a lioness, then the question remains: where does she come from? At least not from the zoos, animal parks and circuses in this region, as the police found out during the night. Nobody missed a big cat there. According to Mayor Grubert, private owners are not known in Kleinmachnow.