Tuesday, October 18, 2011, Terry Thompson, 62, released approximately 56 exotic animals from his farm before committing suicide, according to USA Today.
Sheriff’s deputies have shot and killed all but one of the exotic animals that were released in Zanesville, Ohio Tuesday, according to the LA Times.
The remaining animal, a monkey, is believed to have been eaten by one of the large cats, according to the LA Times.
Lions, tigers, leopards, black bears and more were released by Thompson before killing himself.
The killing of these animals has resulted in tragic photos of the dead animals streaming across the internet and television news.
These photos have police sheriffs defending their actions of killing these animals.
Officers explained that if the event happened earlier in the day then they would have been able to prepare. However, with the animals being released with only a few hours before night fall, the officers said they couldn’t take the chance of having them roaming come night fall, according to CNN.
The deputies were not given tranquilizer guns, according to USA Today.
Once officials arrived with tranquilizers, they were faced with an aggressive Tiger. A veterinarian got close enough to the tiger to shoot it, however, it resulted in the tiger reacting in a crazy manner and running into a wooded area where officers later had to put it down, according to USA Today.
The photo spreading on the news and internet shows the animal carcasses piled up on the wet ground.
In a news conference Thursday morning, Muskingum County Sheriff Matt Lutz stated among many goals that they have regarding this situation, among the goals is finding out who in fact leaked the photo of the deceased animals, according to the LA Times.
Among the animals that were released and killed, five animals remain alive after being captured. These animals include a grizzly bear, three leopards and two monkeys, according to the LA Times.
This story contains information from CNN, USA Today and Los Angeles Times