Terrified locals in the US town of Zanesville, Ohio were told to stay in doors after police were called to hunt down dozens of escaped dangerous animals.
Around 50 lions, tigers and bears had to be rounded up and shot after their owner opened their cages at his animal farm before apparently committing suicide.
Sheriff Matt Lutz told journalists:
“We are not talking about your normal everyday house cat or dog, these are 300 pound Bengal tigers that we’ve had to put down. When we got here, obviously public safety was my number one concern. I gave the order on the way here that if animals looked like they were going out, they went down.”
One worried local said how she felt about the situation: “It’s scary, you don’t know where they’re at and if the cops can’t catch them they’re going to be running wild, crazy.”
The authorities had received numerous complaints about the farm, ranging from animals being mistreated to some of them wandering loose outside the fence.
Although police at first tried to use tranquilliser guns, the animals proved too aggressive to subdue.