Ohio Zoo Animals to Go to Widow

    Investigators walk around a barn as carcasses lay on the ground at The Muskingum County Animal Farm Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2011, in Zanesville, Ohio. Police with assault rifles stalked a mountain lion, grizzly bear and monkey still on the loose after authorities said their owner apparently freed dozens of wild animals and then killed himself. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

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    The widow of an Ohio man who released dozens of exotic animals last year before committing suicide will have the five surviving beasts returned to her, the state’s Agriculture Department announced Monday. A quarantine order was placed on the surviving animals last October, but the state said that it was lifting the order after all five tested free of dangerous diseases. Marian Thompson is the widow of Terry Thompson, who released a total of 56 animals, including black bears and Bengal tigers, from the menagerie on his Ohio farm before killing himself.

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