Monkey Still Unaccounted For in Ohio; 49 of 56 Animals Dead

By Corinne Rose
By Scott Sarvay

October 20, 2011 Updated Oct 20, 2011 at 3:20 PM EDT

ZANESVILLE, Ohio (Indiana's NewsCenter) – Of the 56-animals that were roaming across the rural Ohio countryside, many of them exotic, an escaped monkey is still unaccounted for but is believed to have been eaten by one of the larger animals.

Many of them those exotic animals, categorized as man-eaters, were found roaming the countryside after their owner Terry Thompson was found dead Tuesday evening at his animal preserve home nears Zanesville.

Staff from the nearby Columbus Zoo were on scene and was able to take in six of the animals. They include two monkeys, three leopards and one grizzly bear.

Director Emeritus of the Columbus Zoo, Jack Hanna says, “Of the 1400 Bengal Tigers left in the world, 18 were in Zanesville and are now dead.” “It’s sad the animals paid the ultimate price, but human lives come first.”

This incident brings up an issue Ohio has with it’s relaxed exotic animal ownership laws as compared to other states.

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