Leopard Who Survived Zanesville Chaos Euthanized Yesterday


A spotted leopard (via Wikimedia Commons)

The Associated Press reports that one of the few animals to be captured alive after last year’s mass escape in Zanesville has been euthanized at the Columbus Zoo. On Sunday, the male spotted leopard was struck in the neck by a closing door in his enclosure after he unexpectedly changed direction, according to zookeepers, suffered a spinal injury that rendered him unresponsive and was euthanized by a state veteranarian. The leopard had been kept near two other leopards, two primates and a bear that were also acquired after the Zanesville incident. Over 50 animals were shot by authorities desperately trying to prevent a public health disaster in the immediate aftermath of the Zanesville escape.