One of three escaped zebras in Maryland was found dead, according to Prince George’s County Department of Environment.
The zebra died from its injuries after being caught in a snare trap deployed near a private farm near Upper Marlboro, where the zebras escaped, the agency said. An investigation by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources Police remains active.
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"They are animals that you just can't walk up and put a lasso on," said Chief Rodney Taylor from Prince George’s Animal Control. "They're going to run away from you."
The three zebras escaped in August, and animal control officials are still searching for the two other zebras that remain at large. They are trying to capture them using a feeding station and building an 8-foot-tall corral.
Animal breeder Jerry Holly is the owner of the zebras, according to the Washington Post.
“Any further review and action taken by Prince George’s County, including any appropriate charges against the owner, will be evaluated once the zebras return to the herd,” said Linda Lowe, spokeswoman for the Prince George’s County Department of Environment.
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The Prince George’s County community rallied to search for the zebras, with parents driving around the local area with their children to look for them. A Twitter account was also made for the zebras.
Why do zebras have stripes?— Maryland Zebras (@MarylandZebras) September 10, 2021
Because we don't want to be SPOTTED. https://t.co/48iGjFN5ch