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  • One of the zebras that escaped a corral in Maryland last month was found dead.
  • Authorities said only three zebras were on the loose from the outset, correcting the initial statement that five zebras had escaped.
  • The fugitive zebras escaped from a property in Upper Marlboro, Md., in September.

One of the zebras that escaped a corral in Maryland in September was found dead, leaving two remaining on the run, authorities said Thursday. 

The Prince George's County Department of Environment said the deceased zebra was found in a snare trap Sept. 16, and an investigation is underway to determine who set it, NBC Washington reported. The department added that there were only three zebras on the loose from the outset, correcting the initial statement that five zebras had escaped. 

The missing zebras were originally held legally with up to date permits at the farm of Jerry Holly, according to The Washington Post.

Maryland Natural Resources Police spokesperson Lauren Moses told the Post the snare, which is illegal in the state and likely set to catch smaller animals, was set on private property and that authorities believe the zebra “was roaming and got caught in the snare.”

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The fugitive zebras, which escaped from the property in Upper Marlboro, Md., have proven difficult to catch. 

"They are animals that you just can't walk up and put a lasso on," Chief Rodney Taylor from Prince George’s Animal Control told NBC Washington. "They're going to run away from you."

The county said Thursday that it is feeding two zebras from the herd in a corral to “help draw the loose zebras back into the herd and eliminate any other potential risk.”


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Published on Oct 15, 2021