A pair of zebras who perform in the UniverSoul Circus were safely corralled after they escaped today from the Mann Music Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia, where they had just finished a performance.
The unnamed critters slipped out of a back lot at around 2 p.m., and proceeded to stroll through local streets. Authorities captured one without incident about 30 minutes later; the other was found and captured about an hour after his escape.
Luckily, the animals were not injured, and no people were harmed.
Meanwhile, people who witnessed the escaped animals hanging out on the streets of the City of Brotherly Love took lots of pictures and video of the pair, which they posted on social media.
The Philadelphia Police tweeted, with tongue in cheek. “Zebras in custody. They are already sporting old-timey prisoner getup ahead of trial and sentencing. Have faith, fellas.”
Following the incident, the zebras set up their very own satirical Twitter page, ZebrasinPhilly.
On a less amusing note, UniverSoul Circus has been the target of protests by animal welfare groups, due to their alleged mistreatment of the animals that perform in their shows. And this could have been a tragedy that could have resulted in the zebras being hit by a vehicle or being injured or killed by other means.
Fortunately, the only injuries were to the zebras’ pride. Otherwise, this hopefully will help to draw attention to the manner in which circus animals are treated.
Photo from CBSlocal.com