EUREKA SPRINGS, Ark. -- Ohio police on Wednesday killed dozens of escaped wild animals -- including tigers, leopards, lions, wolves, bears and monkeys -- that were released from a farm near Zanesville before the owner committed suicide. Officers said they had no choice, given the nature of the beasts. Here in Carroll County, Turpentine Creek Animal Refuge is home to many exotic animals, and its owners explained why wild animals should be both admired and feared.
"Most of the animals come in because someone thought that a cute little cub would make a good pet and then it starts growing and getting larger," said Tanya Smith.
"Big cats are incredibly destructive. This was a cedar fence post," said Scott Smith as he showed off the remains of a piece of wood that was demolished by big cats. "When they get big like that, they become a liability."
When they become a liability, they often wind up at an animal refuge, if they're lucky.