George Hiotis

Exotic Animal Testing Delayed

by George Hiotis on October 31, 2011 at 2:57 am

Ohio’s State Veterinarian says testing of a half-dozen exotic animals from Muskingum County that survived release after their owner Terry Thompson killed himself won’t begin for several weeks. Dr. Tony Forshey said Monday the animals must be anesthetized to have blood drawn. He’s worried they’re too weak to survive the procedure. The Columbus Zoo is caring for three Leopards, two Monkeys and a young Grizzly bear taken from Thompson’s farm two weeks ago after he freed dozens and then shot himself. Zoo spokesperson Patty Peters says under normal conditions animals arriving from other Zoos with complete records must wait 30 days for such testing. Peters says these six animals have no records.