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Zebras Escape from Farm in Wisconsin, Continuing Recent Trend of Zebra Breakouts

by Madison Miller
Photo by: BERND WUESTNECK/dpa/AFP via Getty Images

Are the zebras in the U.S. plotting something against us?

For whatever reason, there’s been a huge uptick in zebras pulling amazing escape acts in their areas of confinement. It’s all beginning to look like a scene from the popular movie “Madagascar” from 2005.

Zebras Spotted in Wisconsin

The most recent escape happened in Seymour, Wisconsin.

According to WBAY, a man named David Haupt was casually driving down the road when he spotted a pair of zebras strutting their way down the middle of the road. “I’m right outside of Seymour. There’s a couple of zebras walking down the middle of the road, and if you think I’m kidding, I’m not,” the man said on a 911 call regarding the incident.

It’s not exactly the kind of animal you’d expect to see in Wisconsin on the road. A cow, possibly even a horse, is far more likely. That’s what he thought at first, but as he got closer he realized what he was really looking at.

“They were off in the distance. As I got closer, they looked like horses, and I got closer, and I happened to be talking to somebody on my headset, and I’m like, ‘I think I see a zebra,’ and they were like, ‘no way.’ I’m like, ‘nope, those are zebras,'” the man said.

He then chased them off the road into a hayfield to make sure they stayed safe. Luckily, they are very friendly zebras. The animals belonged to a neighbor nearby and were taken home safely not long after being spotted. The sheriff’s office even posted a photo of the two animals.

Other Zebra Escapes Recently

The incident in Wisconsin follows a number of other zebra escapes to pop up in the news.

A man in Maryland woke up to zebras playing in his backyard. The zebras had been loose for a week and were searching Prince George County neighborhoods for food and water.

According to WJLA News, it’s been a struggle to capture them. “You can’t hunt them down. They’re just too fast, they run, they won’t let you get near them,” Rodney Taylor, the chief of the county’s animal services department, said.

The zebras escaped a 300-acre farm owned by Jerry Holly. The farm has 39 zebras with a legal permit.

According to KTVU, back in May, a zebra also escaped a local livestock auction going on in Cookeville, Tennessee. A local elementary school put out a warning regarding the situation. It said, “Good morning Prescott Families—There is a zebra on the loose in the Prescott area. It escaped a truck, was tased, and is mad. Do not approach. (Yes, really.)”

The animal was eventually cornered and captured. If you end up spotting a zebra outside of the zoo, it’s not going to be quite as exotic anymore.