I spent much of Wednesday shaking my head in disbelief as people decried the killing of the released private zoo animals in Ohio.
Unless you’ve been in a coma you’re aware that more than 50 potential predators were released from cages by the owner of the private zoo before the man shot himself to death.
Heck of a way to treat animals he supposedly love, huh? Surely the guy knew this story wouldn’t end with a happy ending.
So, there was a small town with 18 Bengal tigers, assorted African lions, grizzlies and other flesh-eaters on the loose with darkness falling. We’re talking scared animals with no fear of humans and who’ve long associated humans with providing them with food.
Local law enforcement officials made the only good decision they could make when they authorized the animals be killed.
“They should have been tranquilized!,” I’ve heard so many times from people with no experience with big predators or what it takes to get an 800-pound wild animal tranquilized enough to be handled.
Sure, all city and county cops in Ohio have such gear and are totally trained on how to use them. Oh, and they also tow trailers around with the lifts and all that would be needed to haul out a Bengal or mountain lion. And all animals smacked with a tranquilizer immediately just lay-over and start snoring.
Oh, wait, that’s not how it really goes?
I found it interesting when Ohio officials told of the zoo vet that darted a tiger and cops had to shoot it dead before it killed the vet. A cop talked of a black bear heading in his direction with apparent easy eating on its mind before the cop killed it with one shot from his pistol.
Nice shooting, buddy, a handgun is pretty puny medicine for a charging bear. Glad you’re OK.
It’s also interesting that the only released animal not shot by cops or captured was a monkey that apparently was quickly killed and eaten by a large predator after the zoo-break.
That kind of tells me right there that local officials made the right call when they started killing the big predators. I kind of doubt a tiger or a wolf would real differentiate between a monkey and a child when it saw a chance for an easy meal.
Then again I tend to think more with my mind than with my heart when it comes to human safety when animals are involved.
Sorry, folks, I’ll take guaranteeing the safety of humans over animals every time.
But having seen many of these species in the wild I’ll add that I’m not a big fan of traditional zoos, public or private.