Re: The true story behind the exotic animal "escape"
I have refrained from posting on this.
During college, I had a summer job, where I used to work with a guy in my general neighborhood that had exotic animals. Tigers, Lions, Alligators, Monkeys, and a Grizzly Bear. On occasion we ate lunch together, and I would ask him questions. He told me that he was licensed and had at least bi yearly surprise inspections from the state. He told me about how he fed the large predators, and the respect he had for them. He thought he was in control. He got caught up in some illegal trade of tiger cubs, and lost some licenses a few years ago, the info is on the internet if you look for it. I am not sure he still has animals, but a few months ago I drove past his house, and a large peacock was sitting in his yard beside the road. I found the whole endeavor to be a dangerous, foolish, and cruel way to have a hobby.
As to killing the animals at Zanesville, I know a thing or two about rogue animals. Sadly too much. The most dangerous animals to humans in the United States are breeding bulls that reside on farms and ranches across this country. These animals are fenced behind single strands of electric fence, or in pens with cows that must be handled several times a day(where escape routes are limited). Bulls are typically in peak physical condition, extremely territorial, and amped up with Testosterone. About 20 people die in the USA every year from bull attacks. A friend of our family died twenty years ago after he was crushed by a mature bull.
You don't take chances with animals that can kill you. In the case of the rogue bulls, after they turn dangerous, they are typically shot, because you can't take the risk at any point from farm to slaughterhouse. Someone could get killed. This is why most dairy farmers use frozen bull semen, and artificial insemination.
I realize these wild animals were pets, but they did manage to bite into the head of their owner post mortem. Could they have been tranquilized? Maybe, but given the time of day, and the sheer numbers, this was all on the owner. As others said, when he opened those cages, he sealed their fate.
Whenever you get mad over a called strike or ball on a close pitch, it's the equivalent of being mad at the QB pump-faking one time before throwing a pass in your average NFL game. ---Caveat Emperor