Veterinarians Euthanize Zanesville Leopard

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Only five animals remain from a Muskingum County exotic animal farm where more than 50 once lived. 

Veterinarians at the Columbus Zoo have euthanized one of six surviving animals released from the farm by their suicidal owner in October.
According to the Ohio Department of Agriculture, the leopard was put down yesterday afternoon following an accident at the Zoo. Zoo keepers were moving the cat when it backed up and was struck in the neck by a closing door, causing a spinal cord injury.
The other exotic animals from Terry Thompson's farm remain at the Columbus Zoo. State wildlife officials quarantined the animals there after Thompson freed 56 lions, bears, tigers and monkeys before killing himself.
Law enforcement officers were forced to kill 48 animals, including endangered Bengal tigers.
An attorney for the owner's widow says he's withholding comment until he learns more about what happened.