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Video: Jack Hanna: 'I'll never forget this'

In an emotional interview, Jack Hanna talks to Anderson Cooper about the man responsible for turning loose his menagerie of exotic animals before committing suicide.

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  1. Martina

    Hopefully, this sad tragedy can be an example of why people (usually the arrogant wealthy) should not have in any way wild/exotic animals as pets/trophies. There are even some people who have exotic animals for the sole purpose of having wealthy hunters go on a "caged" hunt for wild animals for trophies.

    Did the police know about the release of the wild animals before hand? Then the local zoo or some agency should have had strong tranquilizing guns to at least stop the killing of wild animals. Sadly, there probably wasn't time.

    There should be more education about the conservation/protection and dangers of wild animals in school. Hopefully, Jack Hannah and other trued animal lovers can educate law makers as well as children.
    That's what a true animal lover is. Someone who respects and takes care of animals and tries to save the wild and endangered and extinct animals that greatly effect our planet in ways that aren't seen with the naked eye.

    October 20, 2011 at 9:59 pm |
  2. Payton Robbins

    Thank you for covering this truly sad story. I hope this will call the attention needed to put a stop to privately owned exotic animals, not just in Ohio, but other states as well. My heart goes out to these wonderful creatures who suffer at the hands of irresponsible humans. Anderson, please keep the attention on this story in the weeks to come. It would so great to see some resulting legislation that would put a stop to the buying of exotic animals. Thanks so much for making time on your show to call attention to plights of animals. It is much appreciated.

    October 20, 2011 at 9:02 pm |
  3. Alina D

    How is it that Ohio has breed specific legislation aka "pitbull ban" but somehow having tigers, lions, bears..no that's not dangerous?

    When will humans come to understand that possession does not equate love; unless it's a dog or domesticated house cat, there is no reason any human should keep in a cage an animal that belongs in the wild.

    October 20, 2011 at 8:32 pm |
  4. cheshire

    the problem is poor regulation. i'm not advocating a ban. some poor kid won't get a hedgehog for christmas because some irresponsible person let a tiger loose somewhere. the laws are written and enforced poorly by persons ignorant to the care of animals.

    October 20, 2011 at 7:37 pm |
  5. Lori - PA

    This didn't have to happen.

    October 20, 2011 at 2:15 pm |
  6. hi-c

    I am disgusted by the actions that were taken to kill so many wild animals. I understand this occured in darkness, but i don't understand why no one took into account that these wild animals may need more than the average tranquilizer to take them down. I don't mean to imply insensitivity, but how many of these animals were on an endangered list? The most important question we need to ask is; how did this happen? Who was this person? Is anyone going to be held accountable? The animals came from somewhere!

    October 20, 2011 at 1:46 am |
  7. Bonnie Wilhelm

    Hopefully our legislators in Ohio will change the laws in Ohio so no one can buy or own these kinds of animals. They are called wild animals not pets and they belong in the wild in the countries that have those kind of animals. No one should be allowed to sell them to private owners. It is a shame what happened, but it is irresponsible owners that create this mess. Time for this state to wake up and smell the carnage and change the laws.

    October 20, 2011 at 12:13 am |