AR-News: Cops: Lion On the Prowl in Ohio Town
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Wed May 5 00:36:14 EDT 2004
Cops: Lion On the Prowl in Ohio Town
Tuesday, May 04, 2004
GAHANNA, Ohio Police were looking Tuesday for a lion that several
residents reported was on the prowl.
"I'm convinced it's a 300-pound to 400-pound African lion (search)," deputy
police chief Larry Rinehart said. "We're scurrying. It's a heck of a day."
Television helicopters were hovering over the city trying to spot the big
cat. Police contacted the Columbus Zoo (search) for advice on what to do if
they find the animal. The Ohio Highway Patrol (search) had a helicopter on
standby, in case it was needed.
Residents first reported seeing the animal on Monday. One police cruiser was
stopped on a street when the animal bounded across the pavement in front of
Rinehart said he didn't know how the lion ended up in the residential areas
on the western edge of Columbus, not far from Port Columbus International
"That's the mystery," Rinehart said. "Whoever had it is not giving that
information up. There are some lions that are legally owned in adjoining
counties and they're all accounted for."
"One of the most dangerous things that can happen to a child is to kill or
torture an animal and get away with it" Margaret Mead.
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