Four people are dead in two separate accidents in Central Ohio. In Pataskala, investigators say a head-on collision on East Broad took three lives. One vehicle crossed the center line. Early this morning, the driver of a pick-up truck was killed when he slammed into a tree in a residential area south of Route 104 [...]
State Veterinarian Euthanizes Leopard Kept After Exotics Escape
Officials have euthanized a leopard that was among six creatures kept at an Ohio zoo since their suicidal owner released dozens of exotic animals that were subsequently killed by authorities.
The Columbus Zoo and the Ohio Department of Agriculture say 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 held under a state-issued quarantine order with two other leopards, two primates and a bear that survived the October hunt near Zanesville.
An attorney for the owner’s widow says he’s withholding comment until he learns more about what happened.