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Thompson Animals Leaving The Columbus Zoo

Media Alert: Thursday, May 03, 2012


May 3, 2012

Patty Peters, Vice President Community Relations

WHAT:           Marian Thompson is transferring the animals that survived last October’s tragedy from the Zoo.
WHO:             Marian Thompson, widow of Terry Thompson who released 50 animals in Zanesville, Ohio on October 18, 2011.
WHEN:           Friday, May 4 at 11:00 a.m.
WHERE:        Columbus Zoo and Aquarium
Media should check-in at the Zoo’s security checkpoint located on Jerry Borin Trace off of Riverside Drive (Route 257) just north of Powell Road. Access to this area will be provided after 9:00 a.m. on May 4.
WHY:             Columbus Zoo and Aquarium has been caring for the brown bear, Celebes macaques and leopards since they were removed from the Thompson Farm on October 19, 2011. They have remained in the care of the Zoo’s animal experts at the request of the State of Ohio until a quarantine order was lifted on April 30, 2012. Since the quarantine order has expired the Zoo has no legal right to prevent the return of the animals to Marian Thompson.
Legislation that would restrict private ownership of exotic animals has passed the Ohio Senate and is now being heard in the House of Representatives. Zoo officials encourage lawmakers to pass a bill quickly to ensure public safety and protect the welfare of animals.
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