Visitors to a racetrack in Western Pennsylvania on Wednesday expected to watch horses gallop around, but they got a few extra participants: Three deer jumped onto the course at Meadows Race Track just before a race began, the Huffington Post tells us.
It's a good thing no one placed bets on the forest animals. A video of the trio shows them staying on the track--and picking up plenty of speed--but running back and forth in different directions. Clearly, they weren't familiar with the route.
The best part might have been commentary from Roger Huston, the race's announcer: "As they race down the track, Bambi has the lead. Here comes Rudolph from the outside." Those were the only two deer names Huston could think of on the fly, he says in the video.
It's not the first confusing animal incident this week.
On Wednesday, a Shetland pony and a zebra were spotted prancing down Victory Boulevard in Staten Island, WPIX reports.
Zachary Osher, a nearby business owner, spotted the two animals and filmed the whole thing, which quickly went viral. The pony was leading the way the entire time, with the zebra trotting just behind it.
Where did they come from? A home just down the street--the owner had bought the zebra for $6,000 to add to a petting zoo that he operates during Oktoberfest.
Big surprise: Zebras aren't legal pets, but they are allowed in petting zoos.
Not all animals on the loose are as harmless as a frolicking zebra and pony.
In October 2011, more than 50 exotic animals escaped from a Zanesville, Ohio, animal farm. Lions, tigers, cheetahs, wolves, giraffes, camels, and bears were among the escapees that fled when owner Terry Thompson opened their cage doors.
The incident quickly turned tragic: Thompson shot himself just after letting the animals loose, and local officials had to shoot 48 animals. Among the victims: two grizzlies, six black bears, a wolf, a baboon, and three mountain lions, the Daily Mail tells us.
Perhaps most upsetting: 18 Bengal tigers were killed, and only about 3,200 tigers remain in the entire world.
At the time, Ohio had some of the country's least-stringent laws on exotic animal ownership.
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