The Oakland Zoo has rescued four sibling tigers from "a roadside freak show" in order "to educate the public about tiger mills" as reported by Carolyn Jones for the San Francisco Chronicle:
Owning tigers is legal is 21 states, including California. More than 8,000 tigers live in the U.S., far more than live in the wild globally. Of the 8,000, only a few hundred live in accredited zoos. The rest live in backyards.
Meanwhile, in Zanesville, OH, sheriff's deputies and others are hunting down and killing off dozens of exotic animals including bears, lions and wolves which had been released by their "owner" prior to committing suicide on the property as reported by The Columbus Dispatch.
Sheriff's deputies and others in Zanesville, OH have slaughtered 49 animals including 18 tigers, 17 lions, 6 black bears, 3 mountain lions, 2 grizzly bears, 1 baboon and 2 wolves as reported by The Columbus Dispatch. The ignorant people of Zanesville have a lot to answer for including why this back yard zoo was allowed to exist in the first place, and why the only apparent contingency plan in the event of escapes was a barbaric shoot to kill order.