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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The Columbus Zoo is trying to stop an Ohio
woman from reclaiming three leopards, two primates and a bear that
have been cared for by the zoo since her husband freed dozens of
exotic animals at their farm and killed himself.
The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium says it took the six surviving
animals with Marian Thompson's permission but has no legal rights
to the animals. It says her lawyers notified the zoo that she will
reclaim the beasts, possibly as early as Thursday.
A spokeswoman says the zoo has contacted state and federal
agencies in search of a way to keep the animals.
Police shot and killed four dozen more animals that escaped from
the eastern Ohio farm near Zanesville last week, including rare
Bengal tigers, lions and bears.