Zebra on the Loose

By: Cathleen Moxley Email
By: Cathleen Moxley Email
If you live in the Little Hocking area, there

Baby zebra "Evidence". Photo courtesy Noah's Ark Animal Rehabilitation Center.

If you live in the Little Hocking area, there's a possibility you've seen or will see an escaped zebra.

Officials at the Washington County Sheriff's Office have been receiving calls for about a week from people claiming to have sighted a zebra.

Officers have been patrolling the area, and it wasn't until a trooper actually spotted the animal, that authorities could believe what they were hearing.

"When people first started calling in, there was some speculation that they may have been intoxicated when they observed these animals, or this zebra, but over the period of the week we've learned that there actually is a zebra on the loose," Sgt. Pat Gherke said.

Authorities say the zebra has also been spotted in Athens county, and if you see it you should call the sheriff's department.

No word yet on exactly who the owner is.


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  • by Lisa Location: Parkersburg on Feb 28, 2009 at 08:05 AM
    Maybe it hasn't been reported because the fine could be expensive. Would cost a lot if the zebra caused a car accident.
  • by Bob Location: WV on Feb 28, 2009 at 07:35 AM
    The owner probably didn't report it missing because it is illegal to keep such an animal without the proper permits. I could understand if they recieved one call and thought the person was drinking but how can they recieve calls for a week and think that everyone calling in was drunk?
  • by Anonymous on Feb 28, 2009 at 06:10 AM
    What do you mean zebra...I'm a race horse. lol!
  • by Fred Location: North End on Feb 28, 2009 at 01:35 AM
    I just can't see the humor in the situation; the animal is surely suffering and will probably end up being shot by a human or killed by coyotes.
  • by Ashley Location: Vienna on Feb 27, 2009 at 04:03 PM
    isnt a zebra an odd thing to lose? Wouldnt you call and report that to someone? they have no clue who the owner is, hilarious
  • by B Location: MTTA on Feb 27, 2009 at 02:34 PM
    "it wasn't until a trooper actually spotted the animal, that authorities could believe what they were hearing" THAT'S NICE .... THEY CAN'T BELIEVE THE OTHER NUMEROUS CALLERS .... BUT ONE TROOPER .... AND WE KNOW THE TROOPER COULDN'T BE INTOXICATED ....
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