Crazy animal hoarder releases dozens of wild animals and then kills himself.

Authorities say that in all, 56 exotic animals escaped from a farm in Muskingum County last night, and one was still missing this afternoon.

Of those animals, 49 were killed. Six animals -- a grizzly bear, three leopards and two monkeys -- were captured alive and taken to the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, and a monkey and a grey wolf were at large. The animals that were killed included 18 tigers, nine male lions, eight female lions, six black bears, three mountain lions, two grizzly bears, one baboon and two wolves, Sheriff Matt Lutz said.

Ohio apparently has no laws regulating ownership of exotic animals. I think that's good policy... let counties and municipalities regulate animals on their own. In this case, the local authorities probably should have intervened before these animals were released.

The real question in my mind: how could this guy afford to feed almost 50 large carnivores?

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