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Columbus Zoo Rescues Animals from Zanesville

The Columbus Zoo  (the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium)  rescued animals from the Zanesville, Ohio exotic animal farm tragedy. 


According to an NBCi4 article:

"Six animals were caught and transported to the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium: one grizzly bear, three leopards and two macaques (a breed of monkey)."

*"Sheriff Says He's Convinced There Are No Animals At Large"  written by Denise Yost yesterday, says:

  • The rescued exotic animals are owned by Terry Thompson's widow
  • The rescued animals will be quarantined at the Columbus Zoo
  • The Wilds in Muskingum County a conservation center helped with the rescue
  • The local zoo reached out to other zoos for possible placement of the rescued animals

Is the black cat a leopard? That is one lucky black cat.

The article and others enumerated the breeds and numbers of animals who died on Tuesday evening and Wednesday in Zanesville.

*More information was added to "Sheriff Says He's Convinced There Are No Animals At Large"  and the title became "Big Cat Apparently Bit Animal Farm Owner's Head; Body Dragged" sometime Thursday.   The embeddable video was added to the story as well.  

Lions Tigers Bears in Ohio - Zanesville

Thanks to the Columbus Zoo and NBC 4 for sharing the video.


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Comment balloon 4 commentsMaureen McCabe • October 20 2011 03:16PM


I read about this.  Incredible.  There is some news talking about the killing of some of these animals and I thought, how sad.  I am glad that they were able to rescue some of the animals. 

Posted by Brenda Mullen, Your San Antonio TX Real Estate Agent!! (RE/MAX Access) about 8 years ago

What a tragedy--I hope the positive outcome will be an end to private citizens having the right to keep exotic (and dangerous) animals. 

Posted by Norma Toering Broker for Palos Verdes and Beach Cities, Palos Verdes Luxury Homes in L.A. (Charlemagne International Properties) about 8 years ago


I went to Ohio State and never thought about the zoo there while attending. If I ever get back again, I will definitely go.

Posted by Curtis Van Carter, Your Napa Valley Broker Extraordinaire (Better Homes & Gardens Wine Country Group) about 8 years ago

Brenda  It is sad about the animals that they felt they had to kill but but there were horses on the Thompson's own farm. Neighboring farms and homes had horses, dogs, domestic cats and children.  This farm is right near Interstate 70.  One exotic animal was hit by a vehicle.  It was rush hour, it was raining.  It was very close to sundown.  They could not get helicopters out to Muskingum County from Columbus because of the weather. 

I saw a video online about the man next door being out with a new horse when they saw the animals loose.  He was trapped in his house Tuesday night and Wednesday and had to drive from his house through his fields to feed his horse.  

 Norma  I hope that happens soon. Jack Hanna said yesterday we were about 6 months away from legislation that is enforceable.  I don't think of Ohio having roadside zoos or exotic animal farms.  I think of that is more something from the south.  Jack Hanna told a very sad tale about running a facility in the south where a child was hurt, back in the 1970s. 

I remember the exotic animal law that was on the books that did not get extended late last year, early this year. There is so much politics around it.

Curtis I was reading something about Jack Hanna this morning. It said how "not great" the zoo was back in the era that Jack came to town.  The Columbus Zoo has grown and got pretty well known under his leadership.  

Posted by Maureen McCabe, Columbus Ohio Real Estate (HER Realtors) about 8 years ago