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Rockntractor
10-19-2011, 06:16 PM
Zoo animals on the loose! Armed police wrap up hunt for 51 escaped lions, tigers, giraffes and bears after reserve owner set them free before shooting himself
Police round up last of 'mature, aggressive wild animals'
Residents urged to stay indoors and schools closed after beasts were spotted roaming the highways
Owner freed animals before shooting himself
He had recently been in jail on weapons charges and had a record for animal cruelty

By Rachel Quigley

Last updated at 10:07 PM on 19th October 2011






Police were today hunting down the last of the remaining wild animals that terrorised a small Ohio community after their owner freed more than 50 of the wild beasts before killing himself.

Terry Thompson was found dead by authorities at the Muskingum County Animal Farm in Zanesville, Ohio, and his body was surrounded by a number of aggressive animals.

All of the animals have now been accounted for except a monkey and a wolf.

Authorities were issued with a 'shoot-to-kill' order after they received a 911 call telling them the animals were running loose last night.
A number were shot last night and throughout the day - including Bengal tigers, grizzly bears, leopards, camels, wolves and giraffes - and police warned residents to stay in their homes and motorists to stay in their cars until the animals were rounded up. Local schools were also closed.
Muskingham County sheriff Matt Lutz said the animals were already out of their pens when deputies arrived.

He said: 'We feel that Mr Thompson died from a self-inflicted wound. We also feel he had released these animals at some point. Not only were the gates open but some of the pins were open.'

Sheriff Matt Lutz said they are still waiting on the results of the preliminary autopsy to establish Mr Thompson's cause of death but did confirm it was a suicide.

He called the killing of the animals 'senseless' because they were not in a proper environment

Mr Thompson, who lived on the property, had chimps in cages in his home but these were still locked up.

Columbus Zoo and Aquarium director emeritus Jack Hanna said he 'can see this happening', based on his knowledge about the animal world.

'The guy was depressed and he loved the animals that much, maybe,' he said.

Sam Kopchak, Thompson's neighbour, said he saw lions and bears running free on Tuesday evening. A tiger was chasing horses, he told CNN.

His mother then called police and told them it was like a 'war zone'.

Mr Kopchak described Thompson as being an aloof lover of animals. He said saw him driving one time with a baby black bear on his chest.

Lutz said authorities found primates inside the house.

Throughout the day, police urged nearby residents to stay indoors as animals were spotted wandering up and down highways in the area.

Mr Thompson, 62, was released from prison three weeks ago after serving a one-year term for weapons offences.

In 2005, he was convicted of cruelty to animals and placed under house arrest for six months, according to the New York Post.

A local veterinarian who inspected some of Thompson's animals described him as 'an animal collector', although Thompson claimed he was operating an animal shelter.

He was also said to be involved in fashion photography, and once provided lion cubs for use in a photo shoot with model Heidi Klum in 2007, The Dispatch reported.
More sad stuff at link>http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2050778/Lions-bears-loose-Ohio-Armed-police-wrap-hunt-51-animals.html

Tipsycatlover
10-19-2011, 06:24 PM
Those poor animals. I feel so sorry for them. To be shot like that. What horrible people did that, must have been liberals.

Rockntractor
10-19-2011, 06:27 PM
Those poor animals. I feel so sorry for them. To be shot like that. What horrible people did that, must have been liberals.

I'm surprised they didn't use tranq darts and take them to the zoo.

noonwitch
10-20-2011, 09:20 AM
I'm surprised they didn't use tranq darts and take them to the zoo.


They did with a few of them, but the man-eaters had to be killed.

I wondered at first if the owner was one of those animal rights-activists, like in 12 Monkeys.

Tipsycatlover
10-20-2011, 10:11 AM
I'm surprised they didn't use tranq darts and take them to the zoo.

There are many rescue groups that take exotics and large animals. This was the easy way out. It's disgusting.

noonwitch
10-20-2011, 01:45 PM
There are many rescue groups that take exotics and large animals. This was the easy way out. It's disgusting.

Yes, there are, and they run some great programs that are like retirement homes for former zoo animals.

This guy was obviously a whack job.

Lager
10-20-2011, 03:29 PM
They didn't shoot the giraffes, did they?

AmPat
10-20-2011, 07:43 PM
Armed police wrap up hunt for 51 escaped lions, tigers, giraffes and bears:confused:
Is there another kind?

Rockntractor
10-20-2011, 07:51 PM
They didn't shoot the giraffes, did they?

Apparently, we are to believe they were man -eating giraffes.:mad:

AmPat
10-20-2011, 08:08 PM
Apparently, we are to believe they were man -eating giraffes.:mad:

Why didn't they keep people indoors until they captured the animals? Seems they skipped the alphabet from A to Y and went straight to Z.:mad:

I have bears in my back yard nearly every day.

Rockntractor
10-20-2011, 08:15 PM
Why didn't they keep people indoors until they captured the animals? Seems they skipped the alphabet from A to Y and went straight to Z.:mad:

I have bears in my back yard nearly every day.

This really pissed me off, I'm a realist and know some would have to be shot but this was a firing squad, an outrage!

AmPat
10-21-2011, 08:17 AM
This really pissed me off, I'm a realist and know some would have to be shot but this was a firing squad, an outrage!

I'm with you. These animals were "potentially" dangerous, they were not even given a chance. It seemed as though the police were too quick to fire on these animals instead of keeping an eye on them where possible and waiting for animal control? While Hanna was capturing six, the police were killing at a rate ten times faster. :mad:

Odysseus
10-21-2011, 12:37 PM
The rationale against tranquilizing the animals was that they might still get away and evade capture after being dosed. Given the scale of the operation and the number of animals vs. police involved, they may have a point. It's tragic, but may have been the only viable option.

AmPat
10-21-2011, 03:45 PM
The rationale against tranquilizing the animals was that they might still get away and evade capture after being dosed. Given the scale of the operation and the number of animals vs. police involved, they may have a point. It's tragic, but may have been the only viable option.
I understand. I don't buy it but I understand. Like I said, I have dangerous animals in my backyard. When they are there, I stay indoors. How about those attack giraffes? They could have been corralled and captured.:confused:

Odysseus
10-21-2011, 10:45 PM
I understand. I don't buy it but I understand. Like I said, I have dangerous animals in my backyard. When they are there, I stay indoors. How about those attack giraffes? They could have been corralled and captured.:confused:

Hey, being swallowed by a giraffe is a long, hard trip. I wouldn't wish it on anyone. :D

Rockntractor
10-21-2011, 10:49 PM
Hey, being swallowed by a giraffe is a long, hard trip. I wouldn't wish it on anyone. :D

I think Apache is the only one scrawney enough to get swallered by one, although Wei is narrow minded enough to get his head swallered.:confused:

Odysseus
10-21-2011, 11:01 PM
I think Apache is the only one scrawney enough to get swallered by one, although Wei is narrow minded enough to get his head swallered.:confused:

Wei's head is certainly pointy enough to make some headway, but if we start discussing giraffes and necking, you will need to move this to the bestiality thread. :D

hai
10-22-2011, 01:04 AM
And this law being passed as well,because of it.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/22/us/ohio-governor-signs-order-seeking-to-curb-animal-cruelty.html?_r=2&partner=rss&emc=rss

Rockntractor
10-22-2011, 01:43 AM
And this law being passed as well,because of it.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/22/us/ohio-governor-signs-order-seeking-to-curb-animal-cruelty.html?_r=2&partner=rss&emc=rss

Thank you Hai.

hai
10-22-2011, 02:13 AM
Thank you Hai.

YW :)

Witmaster
10-22-2011, 09:09 AM
And this law being passed as well,because of it.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/22/us/ohio-governor-signs-order-seeking-to-curb-animal-cruelty.html?_r=2&partner=rss&emc=rss


Six other animals were taken to the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, and one, a snow monkey, was believed to have been eaten by one of the large cats

All those years of that monkey talking "smack" to a caged tiger....

Odysseus
10-22-2011, 09:56 AM
All those years of that monkey talking "smack" to a caged tiger....

ROFLOL

NJCardFan
10-22-2011, 11:50 AM
Ugh, I've been to this town. Typical small town America with nothing to do.