Two Zebras Escape Leesburg Animal Park

Residents in Loudoun County, Va. probably needed to do a double take this afternoon when a pair of Zebras were spotted roaming their neighbourhood.

Doing what any person would do Diane Murphy grabbed her camera and started to snap away.


Investigators say the animals escaped from the Leesburg Animal Park Petting Zoo nearby.  Sheriff deputies drove through the neighborhood to try to protect the zebras from cars. The African equids were eventually tranquilized and returned to their home.


Leesburg Animal Park owner Shirley Johnson said the two zebras are fine and back where they belonged. She said workers, not affiliated with the park, accidentally left a gate open Monday afternoon, allowing the zebras to escape.

This is the second time animals have escaped from the private petting zoo. Last April, an African cat got out and was hit by a car.