APNewsBreak: Ohio eyed possible home for 6 animals

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Posted: Dec 06, 2011 10:48 AM
APNewsBreak: Ohio eyed possible home for 6 animals

Ohio and federal agencies that regulate captive animals have inspected a potential new home for six creatures being kept at a zoo since their owner released dozens of exotic animals and killed himself.

Terry Thompson freed tigers, bears and other animals at his Zanesville property on Oct. 18, prompting authorities to fatally shoot 48 of the beasts. Records obtained by The Associated Press show regulators then visited a northeast Ohio farm where officials believed Thompson's widow planned to take the half-dozen surviving animals. Authorities found problems at the farm, including gaps in fences.

The state later put the three leopards, two primates and a grizzly bear under quarantine at the Columbus zoo amid concerns they were exposed to disease.

It's unclear where they will go if the quarantine is lifted.