George Hiotis

Exotic Animals Back In Muskingum County

by George Hiotis on May 4, 2012 at 2:11 am


Marion Thompson and her five exotic animals arrived at their Kopchak Road Farm at 12:45 Friday afternoon.  Thompson drove the pick-up truck and trailer to her home from the Columbus Zoo.  She parked next to the cages that will house the animals and some employees unloaded the creatures.


***Update***  11:20 A.M.

Marian Thompson animals are on their way home – presumably to her Muskingum County farm on Kopchak road.  At 10:30 this morning Thompson and Columbus Zoo workers loaded the 5 exotic animals onto a trailer connected to pick-up truck.  It took about 45 minutes to make the transfer from the Zoo to Thompson.  The animals and Thompson left the zoo around 11:10 and she will be greeted in Muskingum County by a number of news crews including Whiz.  We will have a full report tonight at 6 p.m. and updates throughout the day on our website…



***Update**** 10 A.M.

News Satellite Trucks have started to arrive near the Kopchak Road Farm of Marion Thompson in anticipation ot the return of 5 exotic animals that were being held at the Columbus Zoo.  Whiz News has a reporter and videographer on the scene and will update this story all day long.


The Columbus Zoo is releasing the five remaining exotic animals to their Muskingum County owner Friday.  Whiz News has learned that the Zoo will turn over the creatures to Marian Thompson at 11 a.m. and it is assumed they will be coming back to her Kopchak Road farm in Muskingum County…but that has not been confirmed.   Earlier this week the Ohio Department of Agriculture lifted the quarantine at an agency hearing effectively clearing the way for the animals to be returned to Thompson.  Muskingum County Sheriff Matt Lutz says he is aware of the fact that the animals are coming back to Muskingum County, but there is nothing he can do about it.  Lutz says the law that is in place in Ohio at the current time allows Mrs. Thompson to own the animals.  The Sheriff says his deputies will monitor the situation and if there are any complaints they will respond.  Lutz added there is nothing he can do if the law is not broken. In October of 2011 Terry Thompson released 56 exotic animals and then committed suicide.  Muskingum County Sheriff Deputies had to killed most of the animals to preserve public safety.