USDA Blames Columbus Zoo For Leopard’s Death

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture released its final report Wednesday about the January death of a leopard.

According to the USDA, the leopard, which was taken to the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium after being released in Zanesville by a man who released dozens of other animals and then killed himself, died because of a zoo error.

Zoo officials said that the cat was being moved to a different enclosure when it darted back as a door was being lowered and was hit on the neck.

The leopard suffered a spinal-cord injury and was euthanized.

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