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Exotic animals escape Ohio farm, owner found dead

Exotic animals escape from Ohio farm that houses lions, tigers, bears; owner found dead By The Associated Press

ZANESVILLE, Ohio (AP) ' Police say the owner of an Ohio exotic-animal farm where dozens of animals escaped has been found dead.

WBNS-TV in Columbus reports ( ) the body of owner Terry Thompson was found Tuesday outside his home on the farm property. Police say the fences had been left unsecured at the Muskingum County Animal Farm in Zanesville.

Police won't say what animals escaped but say the farm had lions, wolves, tigers, giraffes, camels and bears. They say bears and wolves have been shot and killed and there are multiple sightings of exotic animals along Interstate 70.

Staffers from the Columbus Zoo are on the scene hoping to tranquilize and capture the animals.

Sheriff Matt Lutz says people should stay indoors and he might ask for local schools to close Wednesday.


Information from: WBNS-TV,

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