A 90-year-old pensioner who moved into a retirement home suddenly remembered he had stored five gold bars and a booty of other jewels in his cellar, valued at 200,000 euros ($250,000).

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Pensioner forgot he had gold bars in basement

A 90-year-old pensioner who moved into a retirement home suddenly remembered he had stored five gold bars and a booty of other jewels in his cellar, valued at 200,000 euros ($250,000).

Pensioner forgot he had gold bars in basement
Giorgio Monteforti

The man from the south west city of Bordeaux moved to the retirement home two months ago, reports regional newspaper Ouest France.

Since then, his house has been illegally lived in by squatters.

Police decided the house needed a clean following the squat and told the man of their plans. This prompted him to remember the treasure in the basement.

“My gold ingots are somewhere in the cellar,” he told police.

When police searched the basement, they found the treasure trove in a jar sitting on top of a wooden crate. It was nestled between piles of junk.

The man has now been escorted to a local bank where he was able to deposit his gold reserves safely.

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France’s mystery rooftop panther stolen from zoo

A black panther rescued from rooftops near the northern city of Lille last week has been stolen from the zoo where it was taken after capture, officials said.

France's mystery rooftop panther stolen from zoo
Photo: AFP/ Sapeurs Pompiers du Nord

The feline was seized overnight from the zoo in Maubeuge near the Belgian border, the city's mayor, Arnaud Decagny, told AFP on Tuesday.

“This animal was the only target,” Decagny said, adding that “considerable efforts” were made to force locks and avoid security systems.

Zoo personnel are worried about the young panther's health, “which is rather delicate because he lacks strength,” the mayor added, saying the animal was just a few months old and weighed between 25 and 30kg.

The panther after its capture. Photo League Protectrice des Animaux de la Nord de France/AFP

The panther was going to be transferred to a centre specialised in rehabilitating wild animals that had been domesticated.

Firefighters caught the cat last Wednesday as it roamed rooftops in Armentieres after escaping through the window of a private apartment believed to have been its home.

The panther's owner is thought to have escaped through the same window, for fear of being charged with illegally harbouring a wild animal.

Police have not located the fugitive owner, who could face charges of endangering the public, which is punishable by up to a year in prison and €15,000 in fines, Decagny said.

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