61 year old Terry Thompson was a Vietnam vet with a lifetime habit of collecting exotic animals.
Over the years, he built a vast private menagerie at his Zanesville, Ohio home. On October 18, 2011, Thompson proceeded to free dozens of his animals and then killed himself with a gunshot to the head. Shortly thereafter, a neighbor called the police after witnessing a bear and a lion stalking outside. Police arrived to find Thompson’s corpse being gnawed by a white tiger.
What followed could only be described as a massacre; officers stormed the grounds with high-powered rifles, hunting the loose beasts. The most dangerous, they would report afterwards, were the tigers, who lay in ambush and charged at them even after being riddled with bullets.
Hours later, the hunt was over, and 2 wolves, 2 grizzly bears, 18 tigers, 17 lions, 6 black bears, 3 mountain lions, and 2 monkeys were dead.
There were no human casualties excepting Thompson himself. The animals were buried in a mass grave on the property.
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