COLUMBUS, Ohio— A leopard taken alive from the exotic animal farm owned by Terry Thompson in Zanesville, Ohio had to be euthanized following an accident at the Columbus Zoo.
According to a news release provided by the Ohio Department of Agriculture, the spotted leopard sustained an injury to its spinal cord, which left the animal unable to breathe on its own.
The accident happened when the leopard was being transferred between feeding and cleaning enclosures at the zoo.
According to the release, the leopard was moving through the enclosures when it unexpectedly ran back to the area it previously had been. The animal was struck on the neck by a door as it was being lowered. Trainers tried to relive the leopard but it was determined that the animal had suffered an irreversible spinal cord injury.
The leopard was one of six animal transported to the Columbus Zoo after Thompson released 56 animals on October 18, 2011 from the farm on his property prior to taking his own life.
According to the ODA, the Columbus Zoo continues to care for another spotted leopard, a black leopard, two Celebes macaques and a brown bear rescued from Thompson’s farm.