George Hiotis

Thompson Animals Will Not Leave Zoo

by George Hiotis on October 27, 2011 at 3:07 am

The six exotic animals rescued from Terry Thompson’s Farm in Muskingum County will have to stay at the Columbus Zoo. The Office of Governor John Kasich says the State Department of Agriculture has ordered the animals to be quarantined. Officials want to be sure the animals are disease free before they are released.  That is instead of transferring them from the Columbus Zoo to Thompson’s wife who was considering taking them to a preserve near Mansfield where she now lives.  The Columbus Zoo says it was notified that Marian Thompson would pick up the animals today.  She planned to reclaim the three leopards, two primates and a young grizzly bear that have been cared for by the Zoo since last week.  The Zoo took the animals from Thompson’s farm in Kopchak Road with Thompson’s permission but has no legal right to them.  Terry Thompson mysteriously freed the animals and dozens of others before killing himself.  Deputies had to hunt down and kill many of them.  Ohio has some of the nation’s weakest restricitions on exotic pets.