State officials on Thursday prevented the widow of the man the police say set free dozens of exotic animals from the family's wildlife preserve from retrieving the six surviving animals. At about the time the woman, Marian Thompson, was scheduled to pick up the animals, the State Department of Agriculture ordered them quarantined, directing that the animals remain at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, where they had been held since Oct. 18, when Terry Thompson uncaged 56 exotic animals before shooting himself. Forty-nine animals were hunted down and killed by law enforcement officers who said they feared the animals, which included lions and tigers, might attack people. A snow monkey was never found, and is believed to have been eaten by one of the big cats. State officials said the quarantine was ordered because the animals might be infected with a dangerous, contagious disease related to the squalid conditions under which they were kept at the Zanesville, Ohio, preserve. The three leopards, two Celebes macaques and a grizzly bear are to remain quarantined indefinitely.
This article originally appeared in The New York Times .