Dangerous Animals Escape
October 19, 2011 by staff
Dangerous Animals Escape, Zanesville, Ohio – Dozens of animals escaped from a Tuesday leading wildlife preserve houses, big cats and other animals, and the owner was later found dead there, said police, who shot several of the animals and urged nearby residents to stay inside.
As a result of the schools of rest, several near conservation have canceled classes Wednesday, October CBS-TV reports.
The fences were left unsecured in the Animal Farm in Zanesville Muskingum County in east-central Ohio, and animal cages were open, police said. They do not say what the animals escaped, but said the reservation had lions, tigers, leopards, lions, giraffes, camels and bears. They said the bears and wolves were between 25 escaped animals had been shot dead and there were several sightings of exotic animals along a nearby road.
“These are wild animals that are on television in Africa,” said Sheriff Matt Lutz at a news conference.
Neighbor Danielle White, whose father owned reserve adjacent to the animal, said he did not see the animals on this occasion, but in 2006, when a lion escaped.
“It has always been the fear that is mine (the owner of the preserve) had all the animals,” he said. “I have kids. I heard a male lion roaring all night.”
Lutz called the animals escaped, “mature, very large and aggressive” but said a security guard told the authorities of the reserves of 48 animals had been fed on Monday. He said police were patrolling the farm of 40 acres and around in cars, not walk, and were concerned about big cats and bears in the dark and hidden in the trees.
“This is a bad situation,” said Lutz. “It was a situation for a long time.”
Lutz said his office began receiving phone calls at 5:30 pm that wild animals loose, west of Zanesville on a road that runs under Interstate 70.
He said four deputies with assault rifles in a truck went to the animal farm, where they found the owner, Terry Thompson, who died and all the doors open animal cages. He declined to say how he died, but Thompson said several aggressive animals were near his body when the deputies arrived and had to be sacrificed.
Thompson, who lived on the property, orangutans and chimpanzees had at home, but they were still in their cages, Lutz said.
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