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Sheriff: 56 animals escaped from farm near Zanesville; 48 were killed by authorities


ZANESVILLE, Ohio —Authorities say that in all, 56 exotic animals escaped from a farm in Muskingum County last night, and two were still missing this afternoon.

Of those animals, 48 were killed. Six animals -- a grizzly bear, three leopards and two monkeys -- were captured alive and taken to the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, and a monkey and a grey wolf were at large. The animals that were killed included 18 tigers, nine male lions, eight female lions, six black bears, three mountain lions, two grizzly bears, one baboon and one wolf, Sheriff Matt Lutz said. The escaped monkey poses a danger because it is infected with herpes, the sheriff said.

The owner of the farm, Terry Thompson, was found dead last night on his property. Authorities say Thompson opened the cage doors and cut the wires on the cages, then killed himself. He died from a gunshot wound. Lutz said Thompson's body was "bothered" by the animals.


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Comment by Scott Gray
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Could it be murder?

Comment by Jodi George
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 REALLY!  The sheriff did what was needed!  They are animals.  People are more important than anilmals.  All of these animal rights people make me sick.  I don't believe animals should be abused.  If you own animals take care of them.  However the safety and rights of people come before the anilmals!!  Just common sense!

Comment by Scott Gray
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Instead of reaching out to the experts with these types of animals for advice, our law makers are only listening to the animal rights groups who dump more campaign money in their pockets.

Comment by Ace Karter
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OF COURSE THEY KILLED THEM, Tranquilizing them would be no fun. What could they brag about to their buddies. That is the sole reason anyone Hired by Police Departments Must Have a #2 Hat and a 44 coat to qualify

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