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COLUMBUS -- Ohio officials say they will allow for the return of five surviving exotic animals to a woman whose husband released dozens of wild creatures last fall before he committed suicide.

The Ohio Agriculture Department announced the decision Monday at an agency hearing in which they were to defend state's authority to quarantine the animals on suspicion of infectious diseases.

It's unclear when the animals would be released to Marian Thompson.

Ohio's agriculture director was expected to lift the quarantine later Monday.

Thompson's husband released dozens of exotic animals from their Zanesville farm Oct. 18 before killing himself.

Authorities were forced to shoot 48 creatures. Three leopards, two primates and a bear survived and have been held at the Columbus zoo. One leopard later had to be euthanized.

The Associated Press/WKYC-TV

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