Runaway zebras escape in Sacramento suburb, leave unanswered questions

6:31 AM, Aug 16, 2010   |    comments
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  • Zebras on the loose.

CARMICHAEL, CA - It's still unclear who will foot the bill for the damage caused during the search and capture of two runaway zebras that escaped from a local animal facility.

California Highway Patrol investigators are working to determine who will be responsible for the incident that caused traffic hazards for drivers on a busy residential street.

The striped pair fled the animal training facility on the 6600 block of Sutter Street just after 7 p.m. Saturday, according to Sacramento County Sheriff's spokesman Sgt. Tim Curran.

Witnesses said drivers slammed on their brakes as the animals weaved in and out of traffic on Fair Oaks Boulevard near California Avenue.

Sheriff's deputies along with park rangers worked to corral one of the zebras, while the other made a mad dash toward Jameson Court. 

The second zebra was finally captured in a nearby wooded area where Sacramento Zoo officials were on hand to offer support while Michael Mustagni, the animals' owner, lured the zebra into a trailer around 11:00 p.m.

"Law enforcement did a fantastic job," said Mustagni. "These gentlemen are cool, calm and collected. Some of them have equine experience and they did a great job. I thank them very much."

Mustagni said the zebras are used at rodeos and also to breed with horses to produce a hybrid animal that is easier to ride.

CHP investigators were expected to come to a decision about the incident in the upcoming weeks.


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