Tests begin for animals from Ohio exotics escape


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Veterinarians from an Ohio zoo are performing medical tests on the five creatures held there since an exotic animal escape in October.

The Columbus zoo began caring for three leopards, two primates and a bear after their suicidal owner released dozens of animals that had to be killed by authorities near Zanesville. One leopard was euthanized after being struck by a door lowering between two enclosures.

Under a quarantine order, the animals can't be released unless they're free of dangerous diseases.

Officials initially had concerns about whether the animals were strong enough to survive being anesthetized for testing. The state veterinarian determined Tuesday they were.

The Ohio Department of Agriculture says the animals are undergoing physical exams, X-rays and blood testing. Results were expected in one to two weeks.