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Post  mara thon on Wed 19 Oct - 14:44

http://uk.news.yahoo.com/loose-lions-tigers-panic-us-town-093931388.html

Lions, tigers and grizzly bears have terrorised a small US town after escaping from a nearby animal park.

The dangerous predators were among almost 50 animals that were reported to be wandering around the rural Ohio town of Zanesville.

They were spotted after the owner of Muskingum County Animal Farm was found dead and the cages unlocked.

"We've got a little bit of a list compiled. Mainly, there were grizzly bears and black bears there. There were cheetahs, there were lions, and there were tigers.

"These were the primary things that we would be concerned with. Any kind of a cat species and any kind of a bear species right now is what we're mainly concerned with," explained Sheriff Matt Lutz.

The police department received panicked calls from people who had spotted the beasts roaming on a nearby highway.

Schools have been ordered to close and residents have been told to stay inside while the hunt continues.


There have been no reports of any injuries.

Officers shot a number of animals when they arrived at the park where they discovered the owner, 62-year-old Terry Thompson, dead and the fences unsecured and cages open.

Mr Thompson had been released from prison three weeks earlier after serving a one-year term for firearms charges, according to the Columbus Dispatch newspaper.

The 40-acre preserve housed large cats, various bears, wolves, giraffes and camels, as well as orangutans and cheetahs, still in their cages.

All 48 of the large animals on the grounds were thought to have escaped.


"One of the deputies told me they felt they had shot approximately 25 on the way up to the house to check on Mr Thompson," said Sheriff Lutz.

"So, you know, that number could be high or low, depending. You know, when they're shooting animals in all directions, it's hard to keep track."

Kate Riley, 20, whose family owns a nearby cattle farm, said Mr Thompson would come and take their dead cows to feed his lions.

"He'd have claw marks all over him," she told the newspaper. She added that she believed Mr Thompson's wife had recently left him and moved out.

Staff from the Columbus Zoo and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources were called in to help police handle the situation.

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Post  mara thon on Wed 19 Oct - 14:50

My sympathies are with the animals, why couldn't they have used dart guns to catch them? Also how come a man recently out of prison was allowed to keep these wild animals? Are there no authorities there to check on safety and animal welfare at privately owned zoos?

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Post  Guest on Wed 19 Oct - 14:54

When I first saw this thread topic I immediately thought of Dorothy.

Lions and tigers and bears, oh my!

Shouldn't laugh, really. I feel sorry for the poor animals. We had a brown bear in the kitchen once. I didn't know that it was quite normal for houses in that part of Norway to get raided by bears. I phoned the Police in a terrible panic, they more or less just laughed and said, we're not coming all the way down there for a brown bear, just shout at it and make a noise and it will go away. I was left there in my nightie waving a broom at it and shouting for all I was worth. I must have looked pretty scary because it did leave, along with half the contents of my kitchen bin




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Post  Panda on Wed 19 Oct - 16:45

Iris wrote:When I first saw this thread topic I immediately thought of Dorothy.

Lions and tigers and bears, oh my!

Shouldn't laugh, really. I feel sorry for the poor animals. We had a brown bear in the kitchen once. I didn't know that it was quite normal for houses in that part of Norway to get raided by bears. I phoned the Police in a terrible panic, they more or less just laughed and said, we're not coming all the way down there for a brown bear, just shout at it and make a noise and it will go away. I was left there in my nightie waving a broom at it and shouting for all I was worth. I must have looked pretty scary because it did leave, along with half the contents of my kitchen bin

Your"e brave Iris, I would have run upstairs and let the Bear take anything he wanted.




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Post  wjk on Wed 19 Oct - 22:36

Iris wrote:When I first saw this thread topic I immediately thought of Dorothy.

Lions and tigers and bears, oh my!

Shouldn't laugh, really. I feel sorry for the poor animals. We had a brown bear in the kitchen once. I didn't know that it was quite normal for houses in that part of Norway to get raided by bears. I phoned the Police in a terrible panic, they more or less just laughed and said, we're not coming all the way down there for a brown bear, just shout at it and make a noise and it will go away. I was left there in my nightie waving a broom at it and shouting for all I was worth. I must have looked pretty scary because it did leave, along with half the contents of my kitchen bin



OMG! I'd have sh*t myself! I'd be rigid in fear!

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Post  Badboy on Wed 19 Oct - 22:40

ALL BUT ONE ANIMAL HAS BEEN KILLED.
A MONKEY IS UNACCOUNTED FOR.

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