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Exotic animal survivors moved from Zanesville farm

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Five exotic animals which survived after being released from a Zanesville farm when dozens more were killed have now been relocated.

Marian Thompson, widow of Terry Thompson, has reportedly moved two leopards, two primates and one bear from the farm. In 2011, Terry Thompson released 56 of the exotic animals on the farm before shooting himself in the head.

Forty-eight of the animals, including tigers, lions, wolves, leopards, bears and primates, were killed. One wolf died after being hit by a car, and a monkey was eaten by a tiger. One leopard had to be euthanized. The remaining animals were held at the Columbus zoo, until being released back to Marian Thompson in 2012.

Marian Thompson wrote in a letter addressed to an administrator at the Ohio Department of Agriculture and obtained by The Associated Press "Their safety and well-being have always been my top priority and, due to continual threats made toward them and the property upon which they reside, I am forced to make this decision."

The five exotic animals have reportedly gone to a federally licensed exotic animal education center near Massillon.

Under Ohio’s new wild animal law, the transfer of wild animals must be authorized by Ohio’s agriculture director, however, no request to transfer the animals has been received according to Michael Rodgers, Ohio Department of Agriculture's chief legal counsel.

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