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Rescued Zanesville Animals Quarantined at Columbus Zoo

Jay LaPrete/Getty Images(REYNOLDSVILLE, OH) -- There is a possibility that Marian Thompson, the widow of Terry Thompson, will be reclaiming the six animals that survived last week’s tragedy at the couple’s farm in Zanesville, Ohio, but not any time soon.

Three leopards, two Celebes macaques and a grizzly bear have all been in the care of experts at the Columbus Zoo since they were rescued. The 49 other animals that were released by Thompson before his suicide were shot and killed by law enforcement personnel because they posed a serious threat to public safety.

The Ohio Department of Agriculture has issued a quarantine order for the six animals currently at the zoo due to the possibility that the animals could be infected with disease as a result of the conditions in which they were reportedly held.

This order indefinitely prohibits the Zoo from moving or releasing the animals to their owner until they are deemed no longer a potential disease thereat.

Marian Thompson can appeal the quarantine order and may request a hearing within thirty days.

According to a press release, the zoo had no legal rights to the animals and removed them from the farm with permission of Marian Thompson.

The Columbus Zoo has been working with the state government to draft a law that would enact stronger Ohio laws restricting private ownership of such exotic animals.

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Animal Preserve Owner's Wife Wants Surviving Animals Back

Jay LaPrete/Getty Images(ZANESVILLE, Ohio) -- Terry Thompson, the Zanesville man who set his exotic animals loose before killing himself, owed almost $70,000 in unpaid taxes to the IRS and the county.

Dozens of animals, including Bengal tigers, lions, wolves, monkeys and bears were freed from the Zanesville, Ohio animal preserve and had to be killed by police. Police stalked the animals through the night Tuesday, and by Wednesday afternoon, 49 of the 50 animals were confirmed dead, ending a potentially catastrophic threat to people in the area.

Three leopards, a grizzly bear and two Macaques were the only animals that survived, and they are at the Columbus Zoo, receiving around the clock care. According to zoo officials, the animals are "stressed," but eating, drinking, and playing with ball toys.

Thompson's wife, Marian Thompson, visited the surviving animals, which she called "her children," on Thursday and desperately pleaded for their return.

"This is a person that's very bonded to the animals," said Tom Stalf, a zoo official who helped transport surviving animals to zoo. "She wanted to see them and make sure that they were doing OK, and she missed them."

Though she wants the surviving animals to be returned to her, zoo officials said they will continue to care for the animals, and leave it up to the sheriff's department to decide if the animals will go home, to another facility, or remain at the zoo.

Marian Thompson told a zoo official that she is especially bonded with the surviving pair of primates. She revealed to Stalf that when she was still living at the farm the surviving female Macaque would sleep with her.

According to police, just seconds after Thompson set his beloved animals free and shot himself with a handgun, an animal bit him in the head, and likely dragged him along the driveway where he was eventually found.

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