A zebra from the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus escaped his handler and led police on a chase through downtown Atlanta Thursday afternoon.
The black-and-white striped animal was spotted all over town — in the parking lot near the Sam Nunn Federal Building, near Centennial Olympic Park, CNN and on the Downtown Connector. He was finally captured on the interstate near the Grady Curve. According to witnesses he was galloping between lanes of traffic on the Downtown Connector before his capture.
Daniel Nance saw a westbound zebra zipping down Alabama Street near MARTA’s Five Points station.
“All of a sudden a freaking zebra comes running down the street like a car. 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?” said a laughing Nance.
This isn’t the first time a zebra has been out on the highway in recent years. A young zebra was found stranded and injured on I-75 in Butts County in April 2008. Then a zebra who usually lives on a farm across from Oxford College’s Newton County campus was zebra-napped and deposited inside the college’s Seney Hall as part of a prank.
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