56 exotic animals were released from a private nature preserve in Ohio. Wild Lions, Bengal Freaking Tigers, Cheetahs, Monkeys, Wolves and presumably less interesting, unnamed animals likely bounded across the Ohio countryside until they reached Zanesville whereupon they were spotted and people lost their minds.
49 were shot down with handguns and rifles and cars. That’s right, someone supposedly hit a lion with their car which has got to be some kind of the worst trauma for everyone and everything involved. The owner of the farm/reserve/park killed himself, was bitten by one of the precious cats (tiger) and his wife begged for her animals’ lives to be spared. There are some sad photos that I just don’t care to put up you can just click links.
6 animals were found, tranquilized and sent to the Columbus Zoo. And 1 monkey is unaccounted for but chances are some other animal involved ate it.
Questions we’re all asking ourselves:
What was the deal with the guy? Who let him have all those animals? How does one get to collect such animals? No one got attacked but why were all those animals shot down? And aren’t handguns a really terrible way to take down huge animals like grizzly bears?
And, more importantly, Will the Exotic Animal Slaughter in Ohio Hurt the Movie ‘We Bought a Zoo’?
Wait, no…less importantly.
Did you actually watch that? I’m so sorry. Did you see the “Based on the True Story” part? The “For Christmas” bit? I had to stop at:
That’s where the timing of this movie starts to seem a little insensitive. Because, no, don’t do something crazy related to wild fucking animals you have no clue how to deal with. I thought that was the point of all those damn animal hoarding shows. Those shows aren’t entertainment people, they are life lessons. If you are not equipped or trained or wealthy enough to deal with all the pressure of raising children (Matt Damon) then certainly gigantic animals aren’t gunna work either.