Five exotic animals returned on Friday to the Zanesville, Ohio, farm from which they and their fellow creatures were released last fall. In an incident that sparked a national conversation about how to care for wild, exotic animals, their owner had opened their cages at his small zoo before killing himself.
The animals -- two leopards, two primates and a bear -- were turned over to the owner's wife, Marian Thompson, on Friday morning in Columbus, Ohio; she then transported them to the farm, about an hour away.
In all, her husband, Terry Thompson, let 56 animals, including big cats and rare primates, out of their cages; authorities killed 48 on the grounds last fall. At least two animals are believed to have been eaten by other animals.
The surviving creatures -- three leopards, two Celebes macaques and a bear -- survived and were taken to the Columbus Zoo after the suicide. One spotted leopard was destroyed in January.