Lions, tigers, and bears, oh my! Sorry, I just had to do that for this story.
But anywho, yesterday, the owner of Muskingum County Animal Farm in Zanesville, Ohio made the random decision to set free 56 of the animals inhabiting his farm. According to CBS News, owner Terry Thompson opened up all the animal cages and then shot himself as an alleged final act of spite against his neighbors. Seems his neighbors weren’t a fan of all the animals and he had been in some legal trouble as of late. Of the 56 animals, we’re talking about Bengal tigers and lions running through neighborhoods. Just imagine if you didn’t get that memo until the last minute! Geez!
In a scene out of a movie, police officers in the town went on a huge hunt for the animals as residents stayed their behinds indoors since schools in the area closed. Police say that they shot and killed nearly 50 animals, including eight (count ’em) bears, a wolf, and a large number of wild cats. They say that only one animal could be left–a monkey, though the sheriff of Zanesville says he “thinks” the monkey was eaten by one of the cats. That is somewhat comforting to know for the sake of the people in that town (especially if it was a crazy a** baboon), but folks still need to be on the lookout. Because according to CBS News, the monkey carried Herpes B. SAY WHAT!? So if you live around there and have a pistol hidden in some lock box in your home, feel free to pull that thing out in case this allegedly “eaten” monkey winds up on your porch.
While many are sad that these animals had to be killed at all (including animal man Jack Hanna who was called in to help), especially the rare 18 Bengal tigers Thompson owned, everyone is pretty much in agreement that police had to do what they had to do to prevent losses in human life. Residents can blame this whole fiasco on Thompson if they want, but some blame can also go in the direction of the state of Ohio for having some of the nation’s weakest restrictions on exotic pets. Don’t let Dr. Doolittle fool you. That ish isn’t cute.
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