Plans discussed for return of Ohio exotic animals

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio zoo spokeswoman says details are still being worked out for returning five exotic animals to a woman whose suicidal husband released dozens of wild creatures last fall.

Patty Peters of the Columbus zoo says the facility’s staff spoke Tuesday afternoon to Marian Thompson’s veterinarian to begin coordinating the animals’ transfer.

Two leopards, two primates and a bear have been held at the zoo since October under a state-issued quarantine order. That quarantine was lifted Monday.

Peters says the transfer would not happen Wednesday, and no date has been set.

She says one of the first hurdles is deciding what crates to use. Thompson’s crates would have to meet federal guidelines. If the animals were transported in the zoo’s steel crates, Thompson would need a forklift.

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