Widow of Ohio zoo owner registers remaining exotic animals

Animal bodies are seen scattered near a barn at the Muskingum County Animal Farm, near Zanesville, Ohio, Oct. 19, 2011. WBNS

COLUMBUS, Ohio The widow of the private zoo owner who released his exotic animals and then killed himself has taken steps to register the five surviving animals with the state.

Marian Thompson submitted her state registration form for the two leopards, two primates and a bear that had been returned to her in May.

Marian's husband, Terry Thompson, opened all the cages of his 56 exotic animals in October 2011 before he committed suicide. The animals ran rampant across the small town of Zanesville, prompting law enforcement to shoot and kill the potentially dangerous beasts. In total, 48 animals were killed by deputies and officers, while one monkey was eaten by a large cat.

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