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Horses get loose on exotic animal farm

May 22, 2012 at 3:22 PM

ZANESVILLE, Ohio, May 22 (UPI) -- Horses have escaped twice in recent days from an Ohio farm where dozens of exotic animals were killed last year, police said.

One incident occurred Friday when three horses were spotted in a driveway at the Zanesville farm owned by Marian Thompson and went back inside after a deputy opened the gate for them, the Zanesville Times-Recorder reported. The other was Saturday when an unspecified number of horses got loose and were retrieved after the Muskingum County Sheriff's Office called a caretaker.

Thompson's husband killed himself last year after letting loose a menagerie that included lions, tigers, bears and other wild animals that he kept on the farm. Most of the animals were killed by deputies.

Two apes, two leopards and a bear were quarantined in a zoo for months. They were recently returned to Marian Thompson.

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