Thompson Animal Euthanized After Accident

POSTED BY: George Hiotis
Monday, January 30, 2012 - 12:57 PM
1 / 1

Zoo officials have euthanized a leopard that was among six creatures kept in Columbus since their suicidal owner – Terry Thompson of Kopchak Road – released dozens of exotic animals that were subsequently killed by Muskingum County Sheriff’s Deputies. The Columbus Zoo and the Ohio Department of Agriculture says a keeper was moving the male spotted leopard between enclosures Sunday when the animal unexpectedly reversed course as a door was being lowered. It was struck on the neck. A Zoo veterinarian determined the unresponsive cat suffered a spinal cord injury. The State Veterinarian decided to euthanize it. It had been under state-issue quarantine order with two other leopards, two primates and a bear that survived the October hunt on Thompson’s farm. An attorney for the owner’s widow says he’s withholding comment until he learns more about what happened.

For the best experience, use one of the following browsers:      Mozilla Firefox | Google Chrome | Apple Safari
Follow Us:  WHIZ-TV      Z92 Radio      AM1240      @WHIZnewscom      @WHIZweather      @Z92Radio