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State Veterinarian Euthanizes Leopard Kept After Exotics Escape

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One of the spotted leopards being held at the Columbus Zoo after their Zanesville owner committed suicide.
2:10PM
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

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A female bald eagle, like this one, dies at the Columbus Zoo.
1:33PM
January
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

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A black leopard rescued from Zanesville property rests at the Columbus Zoo
9:59AM
October
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

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Deputies say Terry Thompson committed suicide after releasing many of his exotic animals.
3:25PM
October
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.