MENAGERIE

Widow Won't Get Ohio Animals

Grahm S. Jones / Columbus Zoo and Aquarium via AP

A handout photo from the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium depicts a bear that was captured by authorities on Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2011, a day after their owned released dozens of wild animals and then killed himself near Zanesville, Ohio.

Marian Thompson, the wife of the man who killed himself after freeing 50 exotic animals, will have to make do with more ordinary pets. The Columbus Zoo won custody of the surviving animals—a grizzly bear, three leopards, and two macaque monkeys—when the Ohio Department of Agriculture issued a formal quarantine order, saying they risked being kept in unsanitary conditions if they were returned to the widow. Zoo officials say Thompson kept the monkeys and the bear in parrot cages, while the leopards lived in small plywood boxes.