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  • FILE-This Friday, May 4, 2012 file photo shows workers transporting an animal from the Columbus Zoo in Columbus, Ohio to Zanesville, Ohio as Marian Thompson, center, touches the cage.  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/The Columbus Dispatch, Tom Dodge, 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.

  • A stuffed animal with a sympathy card attached hangs from the locked gate at the Muskingum County Animal Farm in Zanesville, Ohio, on Thursday. The owner of the farm released dozens of tigers, lions and others beasts.

    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.

  • 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)

    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.

  • A sign warning motorists that exotic animals are on the loose stands along I-70 near Zanesville, Ohio. A wolf and a monkey were still unaccounted for after sheriff's deputies hunted down and shot nearly 50 other wild animals that were apparently freed by their owner. (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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