Saturday, October 22, 2011

Did Animal Liberators Release the Exotic Animals in Zanesville, OH?

That is what's being claimed by animal communicator Laura Stinchfield, both on her blog and on her latest podcast.

Hopefully, you've heard this awful story.  Dozens of wild animals -- including bears, lions, mountain lions, wolves and 18 endangered Bengal tiger -- were released from their private zoo earlier this week and most of them were killed by local police officers.  Their owner, Terry Thompson, committed suicide that day.  It's been assumed that he released the animals before killing himself.  Thompson had been convicted in the past of animal cruelty.  There is also evidenced that the exotic animals have been victims of neglect while in his care:
The director of animal management from a wildlife preserve in Ohio said the bottoms of fences weren't secured and gates meant for dog kennels were used in pens housing the big cats. He also noted that a cage housing two lions should have had a much higher fence. "There was also a tree in this cage area, and there was nothing to prevent the animal from climbing the tree and escaping," a report said.

Animal pens were scattered on the patio and driveway of the Thompsons' home on the property, and there were several others inside the garage and basement. They had a black leopard in the basement and two tigers and two lion cubs in the garage. On a patio next to the Thompsons' pool, two lion cubs and one black bear cub were in the same pen.

A veterinarian from Columbus Zoo saw that a tiger was missing its tail and thought it had been ripped or bitten off by another animal in an adjoining cage. Two tigers were in a cage filled with standing water, rotting carcasses and lots of bones. The zoo officials also expressed concerns about malnutrition and the sizes of the pens.

Thompson also kept a monkey in a cage too small for it to stand up in, kept a wolf in an old car and had a zebra in a horse trailer, said a Muskingum County resident familiar with Thompson who saw the conditions and spoke with the AP on condition of anonymity for fear of repercussions over the comments.
The reports of neglect and malnutrition were being reported that morning by Stinchfield on her blog.  She received that information directly from the animals themselves when she reached out and asked them, "What happened?".  However, the animals didn't just talk about hunger and neglect and the subsequent feelings of confusion and chaos following their escape and hunt, but they animals also reported that they were freed by a woman who appears to be some sort of animal liberator:
Bengal tiger: I have been shot and wounded on my leg and am in the woods up high hiding. They are coming after us with dogs. I saw my mother fight and kill a larger African Lion that was always spraying our cage. He was in the cage next to us and my mother never liked him.

The smaller cats are in the trees also. Many of them will not be found. They are good at camouflage and the dogs do not know how to smell them different than a bob cat. This is my opinion.

I am too large and my leg is dripping. I know I will die because I can feel them closer.

The gun shots have made us run farther away than we would normally run. One cat has killed a baby deer and another a small dog. I have seen it from this tree. We have always wanted to hunt. There have been men that have been hunting us that have walked under some cats and even a cat with a kill with them in the tree.

We all know that we will die and we are ok with it. I speak for only some of us. I can feel all there feelings like a mass wave.

Our freedom finally has come with more fear and smell of death than we could imagine but we do not want to feel the hunger in our bellies anymore.

We were dying and the woman who set us free did it out of love. She knew there was no other way to end our suffering. She did not think that that we would live. She did not want to see us caged anymore. She let snakes free too. This compound had so many animals free. There is a giraffe as well – In a dark barn. There are other animals shaking with in fear.

I may come down soon and let them shoot me.
Stinchfield spoke with a bear that day, who also told about being freed by a woman and her friend.  On Thursday, Stinchfield talked briefly with the spirit of Terry Thompson on her podcast, who through her admitted to not caring for the animals, but denied setting his animals free.  She also communicated briefly with one of the surviving leopards, who talked about being scared when all of the bigger cats were fighting each other and when the police officers were shooting all of the animals.

I am really curious to find out if they eventually reveal evidence that Thompson himself didn't free the animals, but instead someone else did.  Such information will either create more support for pet psychics like Stinchfield, or much more doubt about their abilities.

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