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Ohio surviving exotic animals back on farm
5 Ohio surviving exotic animals back on farm of widow of suicidal owner who released dozens
By The Associated Press

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) ' A woman whose husband released dozens of wild creatures last fall before he committed suicide has returned to her farm with the five animals that survived.

The two leopards, two primates and a bear had been held at the Columbus zoo for six months, but were released to Marian Thompson Friday after a quarantine was lifted.

Thompson picked up the animals in a large trailer and made the drive from Columbus east to Zanesville in about an hour.

Zoo officials criticized the condition of the property where the animals were held when they were released.

Thompson's attorney has said she has adequate cages for them. Ohio's agriculture department says nothing in state law allows them to inspect the farm.

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