Columbus Zoo and Aquarium found themselves in a tug-o-war with Marian Thompson over the remaining animals in their possession after a horrific scene at her farm, which included her husband's suicide, his release of animals, and law enforcement's hunt and killing of 38 of the exotics on Oct 18.
Several neighbors and residents in Zanesville, OH were happy to hear that none of the animals would be allowed to return to the area, even though Ms. Thompson, the widow of Terry Thompson, brought her truck, trailer and entourage of animal rescuers to the zoo to confiscate "her" pets, according to WCSH News.
One of Thompson's neighbors spoke out and said, "The kids and grandkids were scared about what was going on," said Marge Dodson, who said a wolf was killed in her field. "I never realized that many animals were there, but this is not the place for them."
Zoo officials believe they've been doing a fine job taking care of the animals and think the six that survived the hunt should stay put and are now "their" wild animals to remain at the facility.
Ohio authorities blocked the taking of the animals back to the farm by issuing a quarantine Thursday on six that survived last week after their owner took his own life and released the wild beasts.
Thompson spoke with the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, where the animals have been housed since Oct. 19, clearly specifying her intent to retrieve the three leopards, two macaque monkeys and a young grizzly bear on Thursday afternoon.
In the end, Thompson drove away just as she came, with an empty livestock trailer.