Lions, tigers and bears, oh my! These animals were roaming neighborhoods in Zanesville, Ohio after being released from an exotic pet farm owned and operated by Terry Thompson. Thompson was found dead on the grounds of the farm. Police are investigating the cause of his death. Law enforcement had come to the farm after reports of exotic animal sightings, and they found Thompson.
Tuesday night a shoot to kill order was given on the loose animals. At daybreak today that order has been removed as law enforcement and other officials assisting can now tranquilize the animals for transfer.
Muskingum County Sheriff Matt Lutz said that 30-35 animals were accounted for, and that law enforcement had killed 25 animals. The residents in the area were told to remain indoors for their safety and schools were closed on Wednesday. There may be a dozen or more animals still unaccounted for. From Fox31 Denver .