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  • FILE - In this April 23, 2012, file photo, Marian Thompson enters a hearing at the Ohio Department of Agriculture in Reynoldburg, Ohio. In a letter dated Dec. 30, 2013, Thompson, the widow of an exotic animal owner who released dozens of creatures from their eastern Ohio farm, has told state officials she has relocated the wild animals that survived the incident. (AP Photo/Times Recorder, Chris Crook, File)

    5 exotic animals that survived Ohio release moved

    The widow of an exotic animal owner who released dozens of creatures from their eastern Ohio farm before killing himself has told state officials that she has relocated five animals that survived the 2011 incident.

  • Terry Thompson and his wife, Marian, lead horses on their farm west of Zanesville, Ohio, in August 2008. She is trying to reclaim three leopards, two primates and a young grizzly from the Columbus Zoo, which has held them since her husband opened the cages of 56 exotic animals before killing himself Oct. 18. (Associated Press)

    Zoo to keep owner's exotic animals for now

    The six surviving exotic animals freed by their suicidal owner in Ohio will be kept under quarantine at a zoo for now instead of going to the man's widow, the state Agriculture Department decided Thursday.

  • Investigators walk around a barn as carcasses lie on the ground at the Muskingum County Animal Farm near Zanesville, Ohio, on Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2011. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

    Sheriff: Ohio farm owner killed self, was bitten

    An Ohio sheriff says a coroner has confirmed that the owner of an exotic animal farm died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound and then was bitten.

  • Carcasses are scattered on the ground at the Muskingum County Animal Farm in Zanesville, Ohio, on Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2011. Sheriff's deputies shot 48 animals, including 18 rare Bengal tigers and 17 lions, after Terry Thompson, owner of the private farm, threw their cages open Tuesday and then committed suicide.  (Associated Press)

    Owner of exotic animals deep in debt

    The owner of an exotic animal farm who killed himself after setting his menagerie of tigers, lions, bears and other beasts loose in the Ohio countryside was deep in debt, records show.

  • A dead lion lies by the fence on Terry Thompson's wild-animal preserve near Zanesville, Ohio, on Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2011. (AP Photo/Heather Ellers and Dustin Burton)

    Police hunt down released wild animals

    Homeowners in east-central Ohio took cover indoors Wednesday as sheriff's deputies with high-powered rifles hunted down and killed dozens of lions, bears, tigers and other exotic beasts that escaped from a wild-animal park after the owner threw their cages open and committed suicide.

  • Investigators walk around a barn as animal carcasses lay on the ground at the Muskingum County Animal Farm in Zanesville, Ohio. Eighteeen rare Bengal tigers were among the nearly 50 animals killed by sheriff's deputies. Six animals were captured alive and taken to the Columbus Zoo. (Associated Press)

    Nearly 50 animals set loose killed

    Sheriff's deputies shot nearly 50 wild animals - including 18 rare Bengal tigers and 17 lions - in a big-game hunt across the Ohio countryside Wednesday after the owner of an exotic-animal park threw their cages open and then committed suicide in what appeared to be one last act of spite against his neighbors and police.

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  • Last year, Deputy Thompson said, Chad Foote had brought the snake into investigators' office to show it off.

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  • Deputy Thompson said that when he got to the spot where the snake had been spotted Friday morning, he was told that a driver had tried to run over the boa and shoot it.

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