In August and September of this year I was traveling in Ohio and visited Zanesville.  My hubby wanted to go to the historical society there.  Little did we know that there was large exotic animals being held near there, apparently Ohio has minimal laws about the housing of exotic animals but that will probably change because of this event.

Yesterday they had to shoot and kill most of the big dangerous animals because the man released them from their cages and then shot and killed himself. 

In my last post I talked about these exotic animal preserves and that they need our help, but mostly that you really needed expertise to care for or have these types of animals and not to take then on as a pet!!   This sounds like this man was keep these animals in his back yard?

 Then I saw this news in my iGoogle top stories and I was shocked and stunned.  Here are the links to these articles.

Yesterdays article:  http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/story/2011-10-18/exotic-animals-loose-ohio/50821092/1

Todays article: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970204618704576642850939091690.html

Apparently they tried to use tranquilizer guns but a big cat went berserk and they had to put it down anyway.  They were fighting the darkness.

Jack Hanna who is a well-known animal expert and with the Columbus zoo said it was a tragedy.  He talks about the issue of tranquilizers and their use on animals!

I have checked the category to the right of this post “Looking out for the animals!”  Apparently no one was!  49+ animals were killed.


Ebony and Sneakers sleep peacefully in the bedroom today, safe and comfortable.  Sigh!