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Former Niabi Zoo Director Tom Stalf Helping Capture Escaped Wild Animals

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Former Niabi Zoo Director Tom Stalf is now helping to capture some of the wild animals that have escaped from a private farm in the Zanesville, Ohio area.  Stalf was interviewed on The Today Show this morning about the crisis that has closed schools and prompted police to urge people to stay indoors.  Stalf left Niabi last year to accept a position with the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium in Columbus, Ohio.  He's one of the experts who've been asked to help capture some of the dozens of cheetahs, lions, wolves and other wild animals on the loose.  Officials have shot as many as 35 of them so far.  Columbus Zoo photo. KWQC David Nelson

UPDATE:  Investigators say 43-44 animals have been accounted for in Ohio animal escape, out of 48-51 possible escaped animals.  It appears the owner of the exotic animal farm let the animals loose, then committed suicide.