Monday, March 24, 2008

The Great Zebra Escape

Circus zebras make brief escape onto Baltimore streets
Associated PressMar. 21, 2008 08:15 AM

BALTIMORE - Three zebras from Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus briefly escaped from their downtown venue on Thursday but were quickly corralled by their trainer and two handlers. (Well…they were wearing the appropriate colors for a “jail” break.)

The zebras - Mali, Giza and Lima - spotted an open door (can’t you just see them all huddled around each other plotting? “Giza, Mali…make a run for it!”) at the 1st Mariner Arena and dashed into traffic on Hopkins Place, but were rounded up half a block away.

Carrie Coleman, a veterinary technician for the circus, told The (Baltimore) Sun it was a frightening incident because the animals were in traffic lanes before returning to the sidewalk. (Ok wait…the zebras returned to the sidewalk? All by themselves? Let me guess, that was part of their plan…they were trying to blend in, huh?)

"They may have thought they were headed home," (to where!? Africa? “Follow me my brothers! We are going home!) she said, adding that the zebras were not hurt.

The same three zebras, plus a fourth, made a similar escape in June during the circus' visit to Colorado Springs, Colo. (Okay, these zebras really need to stop watching Jumanji).

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