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New legislation aimed at keeping exotic animals from escaping could close several zoos

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Posted at 8:16 PM, Sep 20, 2012
and last updated 2012-09-20 20:16:30-04

It was just last year when an Ohio man opened the gates to his exotic animals and let them loose on the public.

Now a proposal introduced in the statehouse would regulate who gets to keep exotic animals, like lions, tigers, and bears.

The proposal would mean only places licensed by the American Zoological Association will be able to keep exotic pets.

We checked and the Virginia Zoo in Norfolk is on that list.

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But people would not be able to keep exotic pets like the python that disappeared in York County.

We'll let you know if the proposal passes.