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Disputed exotic animals in Ohio to be quarantined

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The office of Ohio Gov. John Kasich
says the state Department of Agriculture has ordered six exotic animals to be quarantined.
That's instead of transferring them from a zoo to a woman whose
suicidal husband freed them.
The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium says it was notified that Marian
Thompson would pick up the animals Thursday afternoon. She planned
to reclaim three leopards, two primates and a young grizzly bear
that have been cared for by the zoo since last week.
The zoo says it took the surviving animals from the farm in
Zanesville with Thompson's permission but has no legal rights to
them.
Terry Thompson mysteriously freed the animals and dozens of
others last week before killing himself. Authorities had to hunt
down and kill many of them.
Ohio has some of the nation's weakest restrictions on exotic
pets.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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