Wife Wants Rescued Exotic Animals Back (Updated)


Update II: Nevermind. As one might have suspected, the state was going to do something to make sure this didn't happen. Per 10TV: "BREAKING: Ohio Dept. of Agriculture issues a quarantine on exotic animals, meaning they must stay at Columbus Zoo."


Update: The six rescued animals from the Zanesville exotic animal mess have been comfortably relaxing at the Columbus Zoo since their capture. As we noted below, Marian Thompson, the widow of Terry Thompson, was distraught at the death of her husband (even though they were dealing with some relationship issues) and the deaths of the animals. She referred to them as her "children," saying one primate even slept with her in bed, and she wanted the remaining animals back.

That could happen as soon as today, 10TV reports.

The zoo has no legal rights to the animals and removed them from the farm with the permission of Marian Thompson.

"We had hoped Ms. Thompson would leave the animals at the zoo in the care of our team of professionals" said Columbus Zoo and Aquarium CEO and President Dale Schmidt. "We are trying to get authorization from government authorities and agencies to ensure they stay at the zoo. Unfortunately, the current laws do not protect the animals and at this time we have no legal right to stop them from being taken from the zoo."


Marian Thompson, the wife of Terry Thompson, the man who unleashed his sizable zoo of exotic animals on Zanesville before killing himself, wants the rescued animals back, according to Good Morning America.

56 animals in all were released; 48 were shot and killed by authorities.

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