Widow Of Ohio Exotic Animals

October 29, 2011 by staff 

Widow Of Ohio Exotic AnimalsWidow Of Ohio Exotic Animals, According to an article published in the online Journal Mansfield, widow of the man responsible for the 49 animals killed in Ohio last week reportedly wants the animals back to it.

When I learned of the tragic events in Ohio nature reserve Terry Thompson last week, my initial reaction was deeply saddened by the loss of innocent wild exotic animals (some of which are endangered species) and anger toward the people keep as pets.

But I was absolutely furious the other day to receive an email from one of my readers informed me that the widow of Terry Thompson, Marian Thompson, is trying valiantly to have six surviving animals currently kept at the Columbus Zoo ( three leopards, a grizzly bear and two monkeys), returned to her. I thought, “How can someone who fully understands the special care these animals need even consider returning to her?”

While you can not in any way condone keeping these animals as pets, for a moment (just like a passionate lover of animals) that it was difficult not to get into the shoes of Marian. Marian not only just lost her husband, but she also lost animals (presumably) deeply loved.

When Jack Hanna, Columbus Zoo director emeritus, met with Thompson and Muskingum County Sheriff Matt Lutz to load the animals survive for transport to the zoo, Thompson begged them not to have animals.

“She really loves animals, and this is devastating for her,” said Hanna. “She just lost her husband and has now lost the only family he has. It is a tragedy.”

Despite its overwhelming sadness, Marian (who was out of town on business, when the drama unfolded) worked with officials to attend, help them load the animals in their cages.

“It is fully cooperated with the sheriff’s office and a zoo and wants the best for their animals,” said attorney Dean Marian Wilson. “Like Hanna said, it was their children.”

By the way, I’m walking that fine line between compassion and indignation of Marian on what was described as deplorable conditions in which most of these animals were kept. This tragic event speaks loudly against keeping exotic wild animals, whose behavior is unpredictable, as pets. Doing so can only lead to extreme anxiety and disaster owners for animals.

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