Five Surviving Exotic Animals To Be Given To Ohio Man’s Widow

Ohio officials have decided they will hand over five animals to the widow of a man who last October paralyzed a community by releasing 56 lions, tigers, bears and other exotic animals from his farm.

According as we reported at the time, Marian Thompson’s husband Terry released the animals and then shot himself. Sheriff’s deputies were forced to hunt the dangerous creatures. Only six survived. They were captured and taken to the Columbus Zoo and Acquarium. The Associated Press says that one of them, a leopard, was later euthanized.

The AP adds that “Marian Thompson’s attorney, Robert McClelland, said his client has adequate cages for the surviving animals, according to a letter obtained last week by The Associated Press through a public records request.”

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