I was driving to the League this morning when I heard a radio report that I hoped was a bad- pre-Halloween prank. The reporter said more than 50 wild animals were running loose in an Ohio community. Apparently the large cats, bears, wolves, giraffes, camels and other exotic animals were let go or escaped from a local wild animal park. When I got to the League I did a quick Google search and found that it was no joke. According to an Associated Press story, "Police warned people to stay in their homes, and ...officials hunted down and shot nearly 30 of the 48 of them overnight under orders to shoot to kill."
What reason could there be for a wild animal park to be located in a residential area in Ohio? It is doubtful that cheetahs and Bengal tigers would live in the wild with wolves, grizzly bears, giraffes and camels. Do wild animal parks serve any purpose? This was a horrific tragedy waiting to happen.
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