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Widow arrives to get 5 exotic animals from OH zoo

Widow arrives at Ohio zoo to retrieve 5 exotic animals that survived release last fall By The Associated Press

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) ' The widow of a suicidal man who released dozens of wild creatures last fall has arrived at an Ohio zoo to retrieve five exotic animals.

Zoo staffers could be seen outside a loading area behind the zoo as a truck driven by Marian Thompson, pulling a silver horse trailer, arrived at the facility Friday morning. She could be seen speaking to the staffers.

Two leopards, two primates and a bear have been held at the Columbus zoo since October under a state-issued quarantine order, which was lifted Monday.

The zoo was to return the animals to Thompson on Friday.

Thompson is the widow of Terry Thompson, who released 56 animals ' including black bears, mountain lions and Bengal tigers ' before he committed suicide. Authorities were forced to kill 48 of the animals.

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