19 Oct '11, 5am

Exotic animals including bears, wolves and lions escape US farm, with owner later found dead

ZANESVILLE, Ohio (AP) - Dozens of animals escaped on Tuesday from an exotic farm that houses bears, big cats and other beasts, and the owner later was found dead there, said police, who shot several of the animals and urged nearby residents to stay indoors. The fences had been left unsecured at the Muskingum County Animal Farm in Zanesville, in east-central Ohio, police said. They wouldn't say what animals escaped but said the farm had lions, wolves, tigers, giraffes, camels and bears. They said bears and wolves were among 25 animals that had been shot and killed and there were multiple sightings of exotic animals along Interstate 70. WBNS-TV in Columbus reported the body of the farm's owner, Terry Thompson, was found on Tuesday evening outside his home on the farm property.

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