Widow of Ohio Man That Released Wild Animals to Reclaim Survivors

October 27, 2011 Updated Oct 27, 2011 at 2:16 PM EDT

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Widow of Ohio Man That Released Wild Animals to Reclaim Survivors

October 27, 2011 Updated Oct 27, 2011 at 2:16 PM EDT

According to a news release from the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, the widow of the Ohio man who released more than 50 wild animals from their cages at his wildlife preserve last week plans to reclaim the surviving animals.

Marian Thompson plans to take back three leopards, two Celebes macaques and a young grizzly bear, according to the news release.

“We had hoped Ms. Thompson would leave the animals at the Zoo in the care of our team of professionals” Columbus Zoo and Aquarium CEO and President Dale Schmidt said in the news release. “We are trying to get authorization from government authorities and agencies to ensure they stay at the Zoo. Unfortunately, the current laws do not protect the animals and at this time we have no legal right to stop them from being taken from the Zoo.”

Read the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium news release HERE.