Results show 5 OH surviving animals disease free

ANN SANNER Associated Press Published:

REYNOLDSBURG, Ohio (AP) -- Preliminary test results indicate the five surviving animals from an exotic animal escape in October are free of dangerously contagious or infectious diseases.

The Columbus zoo began caring for three leopards, two primates and a bear after their suicidal owner released dozens of animals that had to be killed by authorities near Zanesville. One leopard was euthanized after it was struck by a door lowering between two enclosures.

The state had directed the animals be held at the zoo on suspicion of potential dangerous infectious diseases. The owner's widow has sought to appeal the quarantine order.

The Ohio Department of Agriculture on Monday said the state veterinarian received and reviewed the test results, and the animals will remain under quarantine at the zoo while observation continues for signs of rabies.