Zanesville Animal Medical Testing Set For Dec. 15

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The Ohio Department of Agriculture says it hopes to begin medical tests this month on three leopards, two primates and a young grizzly bear kept at a zoo since their owner released dozens of exotic animals at his farm and killed himself.

The Columbus zoo has cared for the six survivors since Terry Thompson released tigers, bears and other animals at his farm near Zanesville in October, prompting authorities to fatally shoot many of them.
The state ordered that the surviving animals be kept under quarantine amid concerns that they were exposed to disease. An Agriculture Department spokeswoman says their health has been improving and officials tentatively plan to begin testing them Dec. 15.
Thompson's widow appealed the quarantine order, but no date has been set for her hearing.