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Neighbor unsure about return of animals to Ohio

Neighbor uneasy at thought of exotic pets that survived release, hunt returning to Ohio farm By The Associated Press

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) ' A neighbor says he'd rather not have six surviving exotic animals returned to the abutting Ohio farm where an owner killed himself last week after releasing dozens of animals.

Widow Marian Thompson had sought Thursday to return to the farm three leopards, two primates and a grizzly bear that have been cared for by the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium for about a week. But the state Department of Agriculture intervened as she was about to retrieve them, ordering the animals kept under quarantine at the zoo.

The zoo says it took the surviving animals from the farm near Zanesville with Thompson's permission but has no legal rights to them.

Authorities hunted down and killed most of the animals freed by Terry Thompson out of concern for public safety.

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