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Lion freed in Fairfield County

Lion freed in Fairfield County

FAIRFIELD BEACH, Ohio (AP) --A man who had cared for the creatures released and killed in Ohio's headline-making exotic animal escape in 2011 says someone intentionally freed his 400-pound lion from its cage.

The Fairfield County Sheriff's Office says a neighbor of owner John Moore found the 2-year-old lioness in his yard Sunday and called authorities. Voris says the lion, named Nadia, went back into her kennel when Moore arrived. No one was hurt.

Moore tells WBNS-TV someone had cut chains and put turkey giblets near the lion's cage.

Moore is properly licensed, but local officials will consider whether more safety precautions are necessary.

Moore worked as a caretaker for Terry Thompson, the suicidal man who freed dozens of exotic animals near Zanesville two years ago.

 

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