Zebra freezes to death in Indiana after hooves get stuck in fence amid extreme cold temperatures
© Courtesy Sonya Kendall

A zebra froze to death outside of an Indiana farm earlier this week after its back hooves got stuck in a fence during below freezing temperatures.

The sheriff’s office in Carroll County confirmed to a local ABC station that the zebra died after it got stuck in the property’s fence and was unable to free itself.

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The extreme weather conditions reportedly caused cold air to crystallize in the animal’s lungs shortly after, which eventually caused the zebra to suffer internal fatal damage, local authorities said. 

The Indiana State Board of Animal Health also reportedly agreed that the zebra’s death was caused by excessive time spent in subzero temperatures.

The animal’s body was discovered by Indiana resident Sonya Kendall, who also captured photos of the scene that were provided to The Hill. 

Kendall told The Hill on Saturday that she hopes the incident brings more awareness to what she is calling an instance of mistreatment by the local farm of their animals.

“Indiana laws need to do more to protect animals,” Kendall said while adding that she believes the state needs “stricter regulations on exotic animal ownership [and] more specific language in the laws that outline what is really adequate and safe shelter, especially in extreme weather situations.”

According to the local WLFI station, authorities are currently investigating the incident to determine if neglect played a role in the animal’s death.

Carroll County Sheriff Tobe Leazenby told the local station after initially checking out the scene on Wednesday morning that the property met state’s standards for adequate provisions for outside animals and added that the farm had basic amenities, including warm shelter, available.

He also confirmed to the local station that another zebra on the farm that did not die during the frigid conditions has since been transferred to another part of the property as owners make more efforts to keep the rest of their animals safe amid cold temperatures.