After police kill dozens of lions, tigers, bears, and monkeys released from a private animal park in Ohio, pressure builds to regulate free-wheeling 'exotics' trade in the US. Animal-rights groups say the trade should be banned.
Ohio is one of seven states with no restrictions on exotic pets. There are fresh calls for restrictions on owning exotic animals, but strong opposition too.
Many exotic pet owners, like Terry Thompson in Zanesville, Ohio, are hobbyists, which means they don't often have the experience needed to tend to the needs of the animals.
Exotic animal owner Terry Thompson had a history of neglecting his animals, says an animal welfare official. Most of the 56 animals set free Tuesday in Zaneville, Ohio, were killed by law enforcement officers.
More than 50 exotic animals, including camels and tigers, escaped from a private Zanesville, Ohio, preserve, with 48 later killed by law enforcement in Muskingum County. Activists say the incident shows that Ohio needs to regulate exotic animals.
Escaped animals: A mountain lion, a grizzly bear, and a monkey are the only animals still at large after 48 animals escaped from an exotic-animal preserve in Zanesville, Ohio.
Zanesville, Ohio police have shot about 25 wild animals which escaped from an exotic animal sanctuary that was home to Grizzly bears, black bears, lions, tigers and cheetahs. Schools in Zanesville have been closed as the hunt for another 23 animals continues.