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Hunt on for escaped lions, tigers in Ohio

Dina, a Jordanian-born tiger, stretches inside its enclosure at Ghamadan zoo near Amman last Thursday.

Photo: Reuters

Authorities closed schools and urged residents to stay in their homes last Wednesday as they tried to round up dangerous animals that escaped an Ohio farm. The animals escaped after their owner opened their cages and then committed suicide, officials said.

Lions, tigers, cheetahs and grizzly bears were among the 48 animals that ran loose last Tuesday near Zanesville in eastern Ohio.

Many of them were shot by authorities after a shoot-to-kill order was issued, but that order was lifted when daybreak came last Wednesday and hunters switched to tranquilizer guns.

Muskingum County Sheriff Matt Lut said his deputies had shot dead about 25 animals. One of them was a bear that attacked a law enforcement officer, Jack Hanna, director emeritus of the Columbus Zoo, told ABC News.

The farm’s owner, Terry Thompson, was found dead on the ground when authorities went to the farm to check on him last Tuesday following reports of animals running free.









1. round up v. phr.

圍捕 (wei2 bu3)

例: The residents protesting near the presidential palace were rounded up by the police this afternoon.


2. lift v.

解除 (jie3 chu2)

例: Taiwan’s martial law was lifted in 1987.


3. emeritus adj.

榮譽的 (rong2 yu4 de5)

例: He is a professor emeritus of political science at Ohio State University.


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