Tests performed on released Ohio exotic animals


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Veterinarians from an Ohio zoo have performed medical tests on the five exotic animals held there since their suicidal owner released them in October.

The Columbus zoo began caring for three leopards, two primates and a bear after their 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.

A spokeswoman for the Ohio Department of Agriculture says all the animals are now awake and doing fine.

The results could take one to two weeks.