George Hiotis

Thompson Moves Exotic Animals

by George Hiotis on February 5, 2014 at 2:11 am

The widow of the Muskingum County man who released dozens of exotic animals from his Kopchak Road farm before killing himself says she has moved the surviving animals to another farm in the state.  Marion Thompson says in a December 30th letter obtained by the Associated Press through a records request that she transferred two adult leopards, two primates, and a bear to the other farm.  The five animals were among those quarantined by the state after Thompson’s husband; Terry released them from the Muskingum County farm in 2011.  48 others were killed by authorities fearing for the public’s safety.  Thompson also says she move two other young leopards to a separate address because of continued threats toward them and the property.