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Zebras get loose from Va. zoo, roam neighborhood

Tuesday - 11/29/2011, 5:54pm  ET

Loudoun Sheriff
The zebras eventually were tranquilized and captured. (Courtesy Loudoun County Sheriff's Office)
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LEESBURG, Va. - Two zebras from a Leesburg zoo escaped their enclosure and briefly wandered through a residential neighborhood before being captured.

No one was injured.

The Loudoun County Sheriff's Office says it received calls Monday afternoon from residents of a Leesburg-area neighborhood reporting zebras on the loose.

Sheriff's deputies worked to keep the zebras safe from traffic until animal control officers could safely capture them using a tranquilizer.

The owner of the Leesburg Animal Park says the zebras got loose when two workers not affiliated with the park accidentally left a gate open.

This is the second time animals have escaped from the petting zoo. Last year, a serval -- a type of African cat -- escaped and was hit by a car.


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