(Warning: Graphic Image) The Exotic Animal Body Count

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Authorities worked overnight and through today in Zanesville tracking the some 58 tigers, lions, bears, wolves, and other exotic animals that made their way into public after Terry Thompson opened their gates last night before killing himself.

Yes, in almost all cases, that meant shooting the animals instead of attempting to tranquilize them. Plenty of folks are upset about that fact, though authorities have tried to explain their rationale.

A small handful were relocated to the Columbus zoo. The rest were killed.

After the jump, a picture someone in Muskingum County sent to the Columbus Dispatch of many of the dead animals that were shot. Warning: the picture is pretty graphic. And sad. (More photos can be found at this Dispatch slideshow.)

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