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Widow to retrieve 5 exotic animals from Ohio zoo

Ohio zoo to return 5 surviving exotic animals from release of dozens to suicidal owner's widow By The Associated Press

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) ' An Ohio zoo plans to transfer five exotic animals back to the widow of a suicidal animal owner who released dozens of wild creatures last fall.

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 will return the animals to Marian Thompson on Friday.

A friend of Thompson's says the woman plans to take them to her Zanesville farm in eastern Ohio.

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.

The five animals that were quarantined are the survivors. The zoo had to euthanize one leopard.

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