Exotic animals seized from Ohio farm
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Exotic animals seized from Ohio farm
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Exotic animals seized from Ohio farm
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ZANESVILLE, OH - OCTOBER 19: A barn stands on the property from where exotic animals escaped a wildlife preserve October 19, 2011 in Zanesville, Ohio. Muskingum County Animal Farm owner Terry Thompson was found dead Tuesday evening after deputies received calls reporting wild animals on the loose west of Zanesville. Authorities suspect that Thompson set the animals loose and then took his own life. Approximately 30 of the animals from the farm were shot and killed as a team of more than 50 officials patrolled the area Tuesday night in search of exotic animals such as lions, tigers, cheetahs, wolves and bears. (Photo by Jay LaPrete/Getty Images)
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ZANESVILLE, OH - OCTOBER 19: Muskingum County Sheriff deputies patrol the entrance to the property where exotic animals escaped from a wildlife preserve October 19, 2011 in Zanesville, Ohio. Muskingum County Animal Farm owner Terry Thompson was found dead Tuesday evening after deputies received calls reporting wild animals on the loose west of Zanesville. Authorities suspect that Thompson set the animals loose and then took his own life. Approximately 30 of the animals from the farm were shot and killed as a team of more than 50 officials patrolled the area Tuesday night in search of exotic animals such as lions, tigers, cheetahs, wolves and bears. (Photo by Jay LaPrete/Getty Images)
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ZANESVILLE, OH - OCTOBER 19: A truck and trailer owned by the The Wilds, a wildlife conservation center, leaves the property where exotic animals escaped October 19, 2011 in Zanesville, Ohio. Muskingum County Animal Farm owner Terry Thompson was found dead Tuesday evening after deputies received calls reporting wild animals on the loose west of Zanesville. Authorities suspect that Thompson set the animals loose and then took his own life. Approximately 30 of the animals from the farm were shot and killed as a team of more than 50 officials patrolled the area Tuesday night in search of exotic animals such as lions, tigers, cheetahs, wolves and bears. (Photo by Jay LaPrete/Getty Images)
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Road closed in Zanesville because of concerns of exotic animals  
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Ohio eyes possible home for 6 animals

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COLUMBUS, Ohio - State and federal agencies that regulate captive animals have inspected a potential new home for six creatures kept at an Ohio zoo since their owner released dozens of exotic animals and killed himself.

Terry Thompson freed tigers, bears and other animals at his Zanesville property on Oct. 18, prompting authorities to fatally shoot 48 of the beasts. Records obtained by The Associated Press show regulators then visited a northeast Ohio farm where officials believed Thompson's widow planned to take the half-dozen surviving animals. Authorities found problems at the farm, including gaps in fences.

The state later put the three leopards, two primates and a grizzly bear under quarantine at the Columbus zoo amid concerns they were exposed to disease.

It's unclear where they will go if the quarantine is lifted.

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