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Horse and zebra escape from petting zoo

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Here's something you don't see every day: A runaway horse and zebra on the streets of Staten Island. The two renegades escaped from a petting zoo, where they had perhaps withstood one too many sticky-handed child before going on the lam.

The equine version of "Bonnie and Clyde" hoofed it down Victory Boulevard in the Travis neighborhood, where they were filmed Wednesday morning by Zachary Osher, owner of Metropolitan Drape and Blind. Osher shared his video with the Staten Island Advocate.

The witness watched the bizarre event unfold, first spotting the odd couple out the window of his store at 9:20 a.m. He ran outside with his phone to get a picture. He told Yahoo News on the phone, "The pony was leading the zebra. Everywhere the pony would turn, the zebra would follow."

Osher was amazed at the sight, saying, "I couldn't figure out what it was—a zebra. A horse maybe, but a zebra? Where did the zebra come from?" He added that he only learned later from reporters that a petting zoo was nearby.

The pair around in the parking lot, running back toward Osher, which is when he got his chance to film them. Osher added that he tried to stop the two so they wouldn't run into the street, but they did so anyway,  and narrowly missed being hit by a car. Far behind them were "two men in blue jump suits and hats and carrying lassos."

The story ends with the safe capture of the two escapees, who were returned to the petting zoo up the street, according to the New York Times. Undoubtedly, the two fleet-footed trouble-makers are planning their next adventure.

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