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February 4, 2012

Jack Hanna Resigns Zoo Post Amid Animal Sex Scandal

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Written by: Ricardo Paye
Jack Hanna

Columbus Zoo & Aquarium Director Emeritus Jack Hanna resigned his position and formally severed other contractual ties to the organization on Monday, more than six months after allegations of romantic relationships between humans and animals at the zoo first came to light. In early January, rumors of sexual impropriety at the zoo started reaching the Columbus ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals), which launched a formal investigation shortly thereafter.

Hanna’s involvement began in February, when he was first asked by ASPCA investigators whether he was aware of any inappropriate activities being undertaken by zoo staff. Although Hanna answered no at that time, emails and other documents released by the zoo later revealed that he was indeed aware of the activities and had taken steps to cover them up.

One email, addressed to “J.J.” (Jungle Jack) in November of 2010, read as follows: “Terrelle Briar (zookeeper) let some guys in last night. Gave access to Kiki’s cage (female koala bear). Heard a lot of gasping and grunting. One man mentioned ‘banging hairy Australian ass.’ Concerned they were having sex with her. Should I inform Rick (Zoo Manager)?”

Hanna responded by saying he would look into the matter personally, but never did. Instead, he reached out to Briar’s hometown mentor, Ned Karniak, a man he first met in 2008 when he was recruiting the nation’s top zookeeping prospect to bring his talents to Columbus.

In a text message sent to Karniak, Hanna said, “Terrelle may be caught up in something here in Columbus. May involve animal asses and penises. Please call me ASAP.”

Since March, when evidence of the dishonesty was made public, Hanna has faced an increasing amount of criticism and numerous calls to step down.

Columbus Zoo spokesman Joel Anderson announced the resignation at a press conference, reading a statement Hanna had personally prepared.

“I have dedicated my life to the success of the Columbus Zoo and to the preservation of wildlife everywhere,” the statement said. “In this matter, however, I’ve acted inappropriately. In the best interests of the zoo and the community at large, I feel it’s best to separate from the organization.”

Hanna apologized for letting everyone down, and expressed sorrow for the many animals brutally penetrated and defiled.

“These innocent creatures rely on us for their survival and we must all hold ourselves to certain ethical and moral standards,” the statement read. “Taking advantage of their alluring, well-groomed, sometimes scented, tasty, potentially juicy, often pulsating, always profitable orifices for the purpose of sexual gratification is unacceptable.”

According to information provided by investigators, it is believed that multiple zookeepers currently employed by the zoo have provided access to the animals in return for tattoos and other benefits provided by a local tattoo-shop owner.

“Basically, zookeepers were pimping out animal ass and penis in return for ink, cash, cars, and other perks,” said ASPCA Detective Roy Smith. “The tattoo shop, Horse Tats, and it’s owner, Rocco Mandolin, have been linked to zoophilia in the past. They’re known for having brutal, barbarous, torturous sex with the strangest beasts they can find, and their involvement in this case is no surprise.”

Zoophilia, also known as zoosexuality or bestiality, is the practice of sexual intercourse between humans and non-human animals.

“We have an exhaustive knowledge of the practice here at the ASPCA as many of our members are reformed zoophiles themselves,” Smith said. “At first, they say it’s great to own or take care of a horse just to have sex with it. However, as the condition matures, practitioners spend a great deal of time searching for and breaking into different menageries and seeking the next big thrill. The whole process can become quite burdensome over the course of several years. Many of them eventually decide it’s better to have boring human on human sex rather than jump through hoops and cages just for a shot at something furry and endangered.”

Thus far, five employees have been named in the investigation, including standout Terrelle Briar and fellow zookeepers Devon Posney, Shroom Farin, Adam Michaels, and Johnathan Taylor Thomas. The zoo’s board of directors has suspended the zookeepers for five months, restricted visitor access to the petting zoo, and discontinued pony rides for patrons while the ASPCA continues its investigation and decides whether to bring criminal charges.

Longtime Columbus Zoo supporter Frank Scott said Jack Hanna shouldn’t have lied, but that his heart was in the right place.

“His first instinct was to protect his zookeepers and the reputation of the Columbus Zoo,” Scott said. “Jack isn’t involved too much in the day to day operations, but he does play a key role in attracting and training top talent. He is responsible for the zoo’s success and the last thing he wants is to see everything go up in flames because of a few abnormal sexual rendezvous.”

Joining the Columbus Zoo, zookeepers are instantly part of one of the most prestigious and well-known zoo programs in existence, a change in circumstances that Scott said catches many youths off guard.

“Being a zookeeper in Columbus, Ohio, you have the world at your feet,” Scott said. “You’re famous, important, powerful, etc., but you’re not seeing the money you expect to come along with those things. In that situation, ethical situations are bound to arise. Access to that amount of animal ass…there’s going to be a lot of pressure put on you to bend the rules.”

Those close to the investigation do not believe any Columbus Zoo employees personally engaged in sex with any of the animals. Their role was limited to providing outsiders with safe access .

“Our understanding is that the zookeepers allowed people into the zoo after business hours for the purpose of copulation,” said Detective Smith. “There is evidence that, at times, the zookeepers would secure the larger, more dangerous animals, such as rhinoceroses and bison.”

Securing the animals involved chaining the beasts in positions that left them unable to injure the humans mounting them from behind, backing onto their penises, or sitting on their knees and sucking them off.

“We have no information that indicates zookeepers were directly involved in any sexual act,” Smith added. “They weren’t helping to get the animals aroused, applying lubrication, helping with insertion, anything of that nature.”

Asked if the sexual activity has had a negative impact on the animals, zoo spokesman Anderson said no, that the animals were boring and laid around all day whether they had recently been raped or not.

The ASPCA investigation is expected to wrap up toward the end of August, at which point any fines or penalties will be levied against guilty parties.

About the Author

Ricardo Paye
Ricardo Paye is a Senior Correspondent with Delaware Ohio News. Born and raised on Delaware's gritty North side, he's a reporter with a deep knowledge of the streets and one who isn't afraid to ask the tough questions. He is also extremely popular and has sex with many different women.



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  1. Mindy Ursell

    This is the sickest thing I have ever heard. Everyone involved including the zookeepers should be prosecuted. And Jack if you knew it was going on, then I am ashamed of you!!!

  2. Gofuck Yourself

    Of all people, why would you fuck with Jack Hanna? Did you get your rocks off by fantasizing this bogus story? You’re fucking pathetic.

  3. Lisa Jones

    This shameless nigger, Ricardo Paye, the writer of this fake article, is in for a surprise. Stay tuned.

  4. Pete

    hahaha – it looks like people are really protective of Mr. Hanna. Hilarious.

  5. Ristin


  6. Beaverton

    Jack Hanna = Jim Tressel

  7. s.h.

    really messed up. like it though. :)

  8. Jules

    I think most people are mad because they aren’t reading the actual article and think Jack Hanna is having sex with animals!

  9. Sara

    Not sure who would sit and make this story up, your a sick fuck. I’m sure u sit and fantasize about this and wanting to do it yourself. Unbelievable, get a life. I really hope u don’t have animals, mercy on their soul if so.


    Oh Melynda, how about you get a life? Just because you were raped by your father and called a cow during the process doesn’t mean stuff like this isn’t funny.

  11. Oh man

    hahahaha wow

  12. EL

    Is this for real? I cant find any other article’s on this. If it was true, I would think the media would be eating it up and it would be everywhere

  13. you all are idiots

    With that said, everything on this website is made up. Do not rely on anything said here.

  14. Very Entertained!

    LOL! This is a good one… You had me going initially… But, then when I read Hanna’s statement to the press, I realized it was a joke… Really funny! Love how for the Cripple with Swag is so outrageous no commentary was even required… I AM – however – disappointed that these idiots really thought this was real… Come on people, Johnathan Taylor Thomas didn’t tip you off? Or the fact that the press conference included foul words? Also, how does calling someone the N word even fitting this situation? It amazes how folks hide behind the screens and make racist comments and are scared SHITLESS when the opportunity presents itself on the mean streets… Get a sense of humor or stop reading!

  15. Sakky

    The original story was about guys who were paying zookeepers to get in the zoo after hours to have set with the animals. Jack Hanna had no knowledge of what was happening until after the fact.

  16. justkris

    o.0 OMG!!!!!! this is so wrong but gotta give it props had me going for a min. my sister cryed bc she thought her hero was a animal rapist.

  17. Griz Suttenwood

    It’s all false if you read the bit at the bottom. Problem is, lots of people are prepared to believe it because it is in America! :0)

  18. Rick

    You sure it’s false? Nothing at the bottom of the story says so. Also, this isn’t all that surprising. Bestiality is VERY popular.

  19. BethAnn

    From the bottom of the page: “Even though we were the first Delaware, Ohio newspaper, they remain the greatest and make fun of us at every turn. That’s why we’re suicidal and on so many drugs. With all of that said, everything on this website is made up. Do not rely on anything said here.”

  20. Louas

    This is the best story I have ever read. Wow. Bravo!

  21. Paul Morley

    net you’ll say they all were wearing gold pants !

  22. Jen

    How is this humorous?!

  23. Fred Johnson

    Stuff like this was funny when it was from the Onion. This is just a sad rip off!


    Seriously,anyone who believes this is a fucking moron! STOP,THINK,EVOLVE…

  25. CM23

    Wow…I dont think that this is right but the comments are entertaining!!!!!! keep em coming!!!!! ROTFLMMFWAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  27. me

    can I get my click back??

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  29. ImpishLisa

    Did he SERIOUSLY go into gross detail about scented, tasty, juicy pulsating orifices? Sounds like sicko psycho Jack knows first hand. Pardon me while I puke.

  30. Anohorse

    This is all Slanderous Sensationalism probably cooked up by some who has a Grudge against Jack and or the zoo.

  31. Cindy

    Sick bastards. They should be locked up for 25 years without contact with anyone! If they can harm a animal that has no protection from humans, they can injure children! Jack Hanna should have handled it differently if indeed this is all how it came about. But, he shouldn’t lose his job. He’s done far too much for the Columbus Zoo to have this poor decision impact him like this. The Columbus folks need to vent tbheir anger and frustration at the perpetrators! And, make sure that vets examine the animals to make sure that they weren’t physically harmed. We’re the higher order animal? Yeah, right!

  32. Cindy

    The verbiage used in this article sounds too graphic to be anything more than sensationalism. Was this freakish story even true?

  33. Ryan

    Wow….I feel a lawsuit coming on…

  34. ashamed of what passes for comedia

    Life is sad when thoughts will be left to wonder. The funniest part of this joke is that Jack Hanna has too much class then to even suit slander. Great contridiction between humility and degridation.

  35. calvin hairston

    Can I contact the writer of this article to see if this is trje

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  37. Jack Hanna sucks, thanks to that was munch exotic animals in Ohio are being abused. He was the moron that helped create the indecipherable laws concerning the ownership of exotic animals in Ohio left after the farmer “set his free” before committing “suicide”. I find it disgusting his own zoo is not secure. Yet some idiot was able to pet the cougar through a pathetic fencing. The friendly cats were most likely someone’s pets and starved for affection, since thanks to animal right freaks exotic animals are denied any affection. This asshat is just as responsible as the DOA for the exotic animals being in a concrete prison for the last eight months. He is a animal abuser, and he should resign since he thinks it is okay for animals to be removed from their loving owners, be placed in prison, to be abused. Or support laws in which current exotic animals in a state are not grandfathered in. Fuck Jack Hanna!

  38. billie

    look at the date of this artical if it was indead true something would have happened to him by now . it was like 4 1/2 years ago

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