Escaped Zoo Animals Roam Free in Ohio Town

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

It's a bizarre scene in Zanesville, Ohio this morning as police are on the hunt for 48 exotic animals that escaped from the Mushkingum County Animal Farm, a wildlife preserve. The owner of the preserve was found dead, and the animals' cages were left open. Lions, tigers, bears, zebras, giraffes, cheetahs, and camels were among the animals that were found roaming free. Police have shot around 30 of the animals. The town remains on lock down, and residents have been advised to stay indoors. Danielle White, a resident of Zanesville, lives on the property next to the animal preserve, and reports on what she's witnessed.


Danielle White

Comments [3]


I think it's a shame they had to kill these animals. Why couldn't they be tranquilized or trapped? With the technology we have today this was just plain WRONG.

Oct. 20 2011 07:42 AM
Marc Doggett from Ashburn, VA

With all the beautiful homeless animals in shelters on "death row" because of lack of money for health care or surgery, one idea to turn a disaster into something beneficial would be to accept donations to have the exotic animals prepared humanely for museum exhibit and giving the excess donations to various animal shelters thus making good out of a bad situation. There are kind folks with available funds to make this happen if they were informed of the possibilities via the news media.

Oct. 19 2011 07:10 PM
Marc Doggett from Washington DC

It is a shame that most of the animals have to shot due to risk and time constraints. I imagine that there are several folks that wish to have the dead animals for various reasons. Who can legally claim any of the dead animals?

Oct. 19 2011 06:06 PM

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