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Tests begin for animals from Ohio exotics escape
Zoo staff begins medical testing of 5 creatures kept in quarantine after exotic animal escape
By The Associated Press

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) ' Veterinarians from an Ohio zoo are performing medical tests on the five exotic animals held there since their suicidal owner released them in October.

The Columbus zoo began caring for three leopards, two primates and a bear after their owner released dozens of animals that had to be killed by authorities near Zanesville. One leopard was euthanized after being struck by a door lowering between two enclosures.

Under a quarantine order, the animals can't be released unless they're free of dangerous diseases.

Officials initially had concerns about whether the animals were strong enough to survive being anesthetized for testing. The state veterinarian determined Tuesday they were.

The Ohio Department of Agriculture says the animals are undergoing physical exams, X-rays and blood testing. Results are expected in one to two weeks.

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