Five exotic animals freed from Terry Thompson's Zanesville-area farm in October will be returned to the man's widow on Friday.
Two leopards, two primates and a bear have been in the care of the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium since the Oct. 18 release, 10TV News reported.
A quarantine order was lifted on Monday and the zoo has no legal right to prevent the return of the animals to Thompson's widow, Marian Thompson, 10TV News reported.
The animals were scheduled to be turned over to Thompson at the zoo at 11 a.m. Friday. It was not immediately known where Thompson would take the animals.
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