Terry Thompson, Muskingum County Animal Farm Owner, Allegedly Killed Self After Freeing Exotic Animals

Incident date: 
Wed, 10/19/2011
Date reported: 
Wed, 10/19/2011
Date Published: 
Wed, 10/19/2011 (All day)
City: 
Zanesville
State: 
Ohio
Category: 
Escape
Headline: 
Terry Thompson, Muskingum County Animal Farm Owner, Allegedly Killed Self After Freeing Exotic Animals
Summary: 

The owner of an exotic animal park freed his exotic pets before committing suicide. Sheriff's deputies shot nearly 50 wild animals, including 18 rare Bengal tigers and 17 lions. Officers were ordered to kill the animals to protect public safety.

Publication: 
Huffington Post
Author: 
Associated Press

Pet cougar bites caseworker, perplexing police

Incident date: 
Wed, 06/27/2012
Date reported: 
Wed, 06/27/2012
Date Published: 
Wed, 06/27/2012 (All day)
City: 
Pataskala
State: 
Ohio
Category: 
Human Injury
Headline: 
Pet cougar bites caseworker, perplexing police
Summary: 

A caseworker making a house call to see if it was safe for three-year twins to live in a home with exotic pets was bitten by a pet cougar. The owner claimed the big cat had no teeth and asked if the caseworker would like to pet the animal, but the casework declined the offer. The caseworker instead put her hand on the fence and the cougar bit her finger.

Publication: 
The Columbus Dispatch
Author: 
Lori Kurtzman

Boy, 5, Clawed by a Tiger at North Dakota State Fair

Incident date: 
Fri, 07/31/1998
Date reported: 
Fri, 07/31/1998
Date Published: 
Fri, 07/31/1998 (All day)
City: 
Minot
State: 
North Dakota
Category: 
Human Injury
Headline: 
Boy, 5, Clawed by a Tiger at North Dakota State Fair
Summary: 

A 5-year old boy getting his picture taken with a tiger suffered severe facial cuts when the big cat attacked him.  He had to undergo plastic surgery.  The tiger's trainer said the animal became spooked when there were too many people in the photo shoot area

Publication: 
Chicago Tribune

Tiger, gator removed from Harlem apartment

Incident date: 
Sun, 10/05/2003
Date reported: 
Sun, 10/05/2003
Date Published: 
Sun, 10/05/2003 (All day)
City: 
Harlem
State: 
New York
Category: 
Human Injury
Headline: 
Tiger, gator removed from Harlem apartment
Summary: 

A man was attacked by his 500-pound pet tiger.  The man was charged with reckless endangerment and the tiger was tranquilized and taken to a nearby shelter.

Publication: 
CNN

Escaped tiger causes brief scare in NYC

Incident date: 
Sun, 08/01/2004
Date reported: 
Sun, 08/01/2004
City: 
New York
State: 
New York
Category: 
Escape
Headline: 
Escaped tiger causes brief scare in NYC
Summary: 

A 7-year-old, 450-pound tiger escaped the Cole Bros. Circus. The tiger was seen along a roadway and his presence caused a multi-car accident. The tiger was eventually recaptured and returned to the circus.

Publication: 
NBC News
Author: 
Associated Press

Tiger Attacks Little Boy on Opening Day of County Fair

Incident date: 
Thu, 07/20/2006
Date reported: 
Thu, 07/20/2006
Date Published: 
Thu, 07/20/2006 (All day)
City: 
Saratoga
State: 
New York
Category: 
Human Injury
Headline: 
Tiger Attacks Little Boy on Opening Day of County Fair
Summary: 

A white tiger clawed the head of a four-year old boy at the Saratoga County Fair.  The boy was taking a photo with a baby kangaroo, and the tiger's owner believed the tiger was pawing to try and see the small animal in the boy's lap.  The tiger was allowed to stay at the fair since it did not act out of hostility and its cage was moved a farther distance from the public.

Publication: 
PostStar
Author: 
Madeline Farbman

Man Loses Finger, Zoo Visiting Rights

Incident date: 
Tue, 05/18/2004
Date reported: 
Tue, 05/18/2004
Date Published: 
Tue, 05/18/2004 (All day)
City: 
Alburquerque
State: 
New Mexico
Category: 
Human Injury
Headline: 
Man Loses Finger, Zoo Visiting Rights
Summary: 

The Rio Grande zoo banned a man after he intentionally stuck his hand into a jaguar's cage.  The jaguar bit one of the man's fingers off and the man attempted to flee the scene.  He was banned from returning.

Publication: 
Fox News

N.J. Woman Defends Her Tiger Preserve

Incident date: 
Mon, 02/01/1999
Date reported: 
Mon, 02/01/1999
Date Published: 
Mon, 02/01/1999 (All day)
City: 
Jackson Township
State: 
New Jersey
Category: 
Escape
Headline: 
N.J. Woman Defends Her Tiger Preserve
Summary: 

Authorities shot and killed a 431-pound tiger that was terrorizing a New Jersey neighborhood. Authorities suspected the tiger belonged to a woman dubbed the "Tiger Lady" by neighbors. The woman claimed she did not own the tiger.

Publication: 
New York Daily News
Author: 
Bill Hutchinson

Tiger Lady's Husband Gets Mauled

Incident date: 
Sat, 10/12/2002
Date reported: 
Sat, 10/12/2002
Date Published: 
Sat, 10/12/2002 (All day)
City: 
Jackson Township
State: 
New Jersey
Category: 
Human Injury
Headline: 
Tiger Lady's Husband Gets Mauled
Summary: 

The husband of a tiger preserve director in New Jersey was attacked by one of the twenty-four tigers kept at the facility. The man suffered bites and gashes to his head and left arm.

Publication: 
New York Daily News
Author: 
Maki Becker

Part II: Lower Towamensing to debate allowing a backyard cougar

Incident date: 
Mon, 09/23/2002
Date reported: 
Mon, 09/23/2002
Date Published: 
Mon, 09/23/2002 (All day)
State: 
Nevada
Category: 
Escape
Headline: 
Lower Towamensing to debate allowing a backyard cougar
Summary: 

In January 2001, a pet cougar escaped from a home and was found on top of an empty school bus.

Publication: 
The Morning Call
Author: 
The Morning Call