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Ohio zoo: Widow to get 5 exotic animals on Friday
Ohio zoo: 5 exotic animals from Ohio release of dozens will be returned to widow on Friday
By The Associated Press

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) ' An Ohio zoo says it will transfer five exotic animals on Friday 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.

A friend of Marian Thompson says she plans to take the animals back 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.

Fearing for the public's safety, authorities killed 48 of the animals.

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

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