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Ohio police slay exotic beasts freed from reserve

Signs macabre and bizarre shook up a quiet central Ohio town yesterday after police fatally shot dozens of exotic animals, including 18 Bengal tigers and 17 lions. Signs macabre and bizarre shook up a quiet central Ohio town yesterday after police fatally shot dozens of exotic animals, including 18 Bengal tigers and 17 lions. (Photos by Tony Dejak/Associated Press)
By Greg Bishop and Timothy Williams
New York Times / October 20, 2011

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By late yesterday, authorities in Zanesville, in central Ohio, said they had killed or captured all but two of the 56 exotic animals that had escaped from cages and pens at an animal preserve in a wooded area after the owner cut open their cages and then fatally shot himself. Terry Thompson, 62, had been released from a federal prison Sept. 30 after a year-long sentence for possessing illegal firearms. Thompson had been recently separated from his wife.

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