It’s a pretty slow day in TV news, so I’d like to turn your attention to the story that’s all over the Internet today: the Zanesville, Ohio residence of Terry Thompson, who last night released dozens of exotic wild animals from the cages on his property and then shot himself. Because the animals included dangerous animals like grizzly and black bears, lions, tigers, and leopards, schools canceled classes and the postal service limited its delivery today.
The most recent update says that only two of the estimated 51 animals (a monkey and a wolf) are unaccounted for; most were shot and killed by sheriff’s deputies, although a spokesman claimed that tranquilizers were used when possible. Oh, and then there’s this, proof that Ohio is the Ohio-est state in the nation:
Ohio has some of the nation’s weakest restrictions on exotic pets and among the highest number of injuries and deaths caused by them.
By the way, I’ve been to this real-life Cougar Town. A girl I dated about ten years ago was from southeastern Ohio, and her mother and brother lived in Zanesville. She went to college in Minnesota, then she moved to Europe and has lived there ever since. I like to think that Ohio was a bigger impetus for that than I was.
More importantly, in a Warming Glow exclusive, I’ve obtained the first photo of the grizzly that was shot:
Watch out, he’s trying to play an O.A.R. song!