Sunday 20 August 2017

Look out... it's a zebra crossing

Rescuers try to contain a zebra on a busy highway in downtown Atlanta (AP)
Rescuers try to contain a zebra on a busy highway in downtown Atlanta (AP)

A US highway turned into a circus when an escaped zebra galloped along a busy section with police in hot pursuit.

The 12-year-old animal named Lima was exercising outside an arena in Atlanta, Georgia, preparing for an evening show when something spooked him, said Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus spokeswoman Crystal Drake.

The zebra broke away from his trainers, bumped up against a fence, then wriggled through an opening.

"We're not sure what it was that startled him, but we're looking into that," said Ms Drake.

He was spotted by people in central Atlanta, including Daniel Nance.

"All of a sudden a freaking zebra comes running down the street like a car," Ms Nance told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

"Five or six police cars were in hot pursuit. And a bunch of officers on foot. But then I got scared, thinking ... what else is loose?"

Lima led his trainers and police on a 40-minute chase through Atlanta to the interstate highway that cuts through the centre of the city, covering well over a mile on the way.

Police cars blocked off all south-bound lanes on an interstate and herded the zebra on to an entrance ramp, where his trainer was on hand to capture and soothe him, said Ms Drake.

"He obviously was excited, but he was in good shape," she said. "His handler calmed him down."

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