Two zebras who had been running for months in a rural area outside Washington, DC were finally caught, an official confirmed Tuesday.
The couple fled an exotic cattle farm in Maryland in late August and survived several capture attempts, drawing attention from local residents and the media.
However, the quadruplets were caught after repeatedly overrunning officers, Richard Bell of the US Department of Agriculture said without providing further details.
Prince George’s County, where the pair were running free, announced several weeks ago that it planned to use “food and other zebras” to try to bring the fledgling specimens back to the farm.
The issue was documented on social media by confused residents, and the saga took a tragic turn when a third zebra that ran away with others died after falling into an illegal trap.
Its owner, Jerry Holly, has a large farm with a herd of about 30 zebras. Local media reported that the man is now facing animal cruelty charges after another dead zebra was found at his property in October.
Possession of exotic animals, a phenomenon recently addressed by the hit Netflix series “Tiger King”, is permitted in some states of the United States.
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