Nearly 50 animals have been shot dead in Ohio after being released from their wildlife park. It is thought the animals were released by the owner of the park before he took his own life.
49 animals were slaughtered in ohio; 18 Bengal tigers,17 lions, 6 black bears, 2 grizzlies, 3 mountain lions, 2 wolves and 1 baboon. Three leopards, a grizzly bear and two monkeys were captured alive and taken to the Columbus Zoo. It is thought one final monkey may have been eaten by one of the big cats.
Whilst I understand the urgency of dangerous animals being on the loose in a residential area I am all too aware of the great loss this is. For the tiger species alone this is a great blow. Less than 3200 tigers remain in the world so to lose 18 in this way is a tragedy.
I question the fact that some animals were able to be taken alive and others not. Detailed accounts are not available but I am assuming that tranquilliser darts were used in the capture of the three leopards. If the tranquillisers were available I welcome a detailed explanation as to why they couldn’t be used on other animals.
Clearly this could have been a worse story if humans were attacked but we must still treat this as a tragic event and question whether things could have been done differently.