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Ohio Governor Signs New Rules On Exotic Animals

Jack Hanna, Director Emeritus of the Columbus Zoo,speaks at the exotic animal restrictions signing ceremony.
5, 2012

Ohio’s governor has signed into law the state’s widely watched new regulations on exotic animals.

Columbus Zoo Returned Animals To Zanesville Woman

Zanesville Animals
Marian Thompson (pink shirt) leans into the crate that holds a brown bear that was released last fall by her deceased husband. The man freed 50 exotic animals before committing suicide. The zoo returned the animals to Thompson after a quarantine was lifted.
4, 2012

Workers at the Columbus Zoo transferred exotic animals to the widow of the Zanesville man who released them last fall.

Hearing Set Over Quarantine of Ohio Exotic Animals

One of three leopards rescued by the Zoo from a ranch in Zanesville.
February 12, 2012

A hearing has been scheduled over Ohio’s quarantine order for five exotic animals kept at the Columbus Zoo since their escape in October.

State Veterinarian Euthanizes Leopard Kept After Exotics Escape

One of the spotted leopards being held at the Columbus Zoo after their Zanesville owner committed suicide.
January 30, 2012

Officials have euthanized a leopard that was among six creatures kept at an Ohio zoo since their suicidal owner released dozens of exotic animals that were subsequently killed by authorities.

29-Year-Old Bald Eagle Dies At Columbus Zoo

Female bald eagle
A female bald eagle, like this one, dies at the Columbus Zoo.
25, 2012

A female bald eagle that contributed to the recovery of the iconic species has died at the Columbus zoo.

Surviving Zanesville Exotic Animals Ordered Quarantined

A black leopard rescued from Zanesville property rests at the Columbus Zoo
27, 2011

The few animals to survive the Zanesville exotic animal farm fiasco last week won’t be heading back to the farm; at least not yet. On Thursday state regulators issued a last-minute order after Marian Thompson, widow of the suicidal owner, announced that she would reclaim the surviving animals from the Columbus Zoo.

Deceased Exotic Animal Owner Had Admitted Problems With Their Care

Deputies say Terry Thompson committed suicide after releasing many of his exotic animals.
20, 2011

The Ohio man who collected wild and rare animals admitted he was having a tough time taking care of them just days before he unleashed dozens of tigers, bears and lions into the countryside and killed himself.