Metropolitan Drape & Blind shop owner Zachary Osher got his morning off to a galloping start Wednesday when he saw a zebra and a horse running loose down a Staten Island street.
"I was sitting at my desk at about 9:20 [a.m.] when I saw a zebra and pony run back and forth across the street, almost getting hit by a car," Osher told the Staten Island Advance. The chase took place in the Travis neighborhood of New York's Staten Island.
Osher said the impromptu parade was joined by two men in dark black suits, who ran by 30 seconds later carrying lassoes. Fortunately, a quick-thinking Osher got the whole scene on video with his iPhone.
By 10 a.m. police had been called to investigate, according to The New York Times. A representative told the paper that both animals were safely apprehended and returned to a petting zoo at 3633 Victory Blvd.
While there is no such zoo officially listed, according to The Times, this Twitter picture from two weeks ago in the same general area, suggests there is a zebra residence in the neighborhood.
There have been a number of notable animals escapes in New York City in recent years, including the Bronx Zoo's fugitive peahen and cobra, as well as a Central Park Zoo peacock that eventually perched on a Fifth Avenue window ledge.
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