Exotic Pets May Return to Zanesville
Official can't keep leopards, macaques
Ohio agriculture officials decided on Monday that four exotic animals may return to the Zanesville farm from which they were released in October after the farm's owner, Terry Thompson, killed himself. The state says it does not have authority to keep the spotted leopard, black leopard, and two Celebes macaques that are currently quarantined at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. Local authorities will ultimately decide whether Thompson's widow Marian can reclaim the animals. A bill that will ban ownership of most exotic animals beginning in 2014 and require current owners to implant their pets with microchips is pending in the Ohio legislature.
Read more at The Columbus Dispatch
Our mission to inspire readers to get outside has never been more critical. In recent years, Outside Online has reported on groundbreaking research linking time in nature to improved mental and physical health, and we’ve kept you informed about the unprecedented threats to America’s public lands. Our rigorous coverage helps spark important debates about wellness and travel and adventure, and it provides readers an accessible gateway to new outdoor passions. Time outside is essential—and we can help you make the most of it. Making a financial contribution to Outside Online only takes a few minutes and will ensure we can continue supplying the trailblazing, informative journalism that readers like you depend on. We hope you’ll support us. Thank you.
Contribute to Outside →