COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- The widow of a suicidal man who released dozens of wild creatures last fall has arrived at an Ohio zoo to retrieve five exotic animals.
About a dozen staffers were outside a loading area behind the zoo as a truck driven by Marian Thompson, pulling a silver horse trailer, arrived at the facility Friday morning. She was speaking to the staffers and smiling as the animals were loaded into the trailer in cages and crates.
Two leopards, two primates and a bear have been held at the Columbus zoo since October under a state-issued quarantine order, which was lifted Monday.
Thompson is the widow of Terry Thompson, who released 56 animals -- including black bears, mountain lions and Bengal tigers -- before he committed suicide. Authorities were forced to kill 48 of the animals.