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4 Daring Animal Escapes of the Last 4 Months

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3. Pony and Zebra Flee Defunct Petting Zoo in Staten Island, New York

Photo courtesy of the Staten Island Advance: the fugitives during their bid for freedom

A pony and a zebra made a break for it after their owner left the gate to their pen open last November. They were fleeing a one-time petting zoo.

The zebra, Razzi, was only four months old, and followed pony Casper, 14 years old, wherever he went.

For one hour of freedom they ran through back yards and dodged traffic until they were caught and sent right back to the defunct zoo. Their owner, Giovanni Schirripa, said the pony had escaped twice before.

Video courtesy of Time NewsFeed

The animals’ escape shone a spotlight on their owner’s apparent misdeeds. According to the New York City Health Department Schirripa has no permit for a petting zoo, and without a permit is prohibited from keeping a zebra in the city. Schirripa said he did have a permit and that he had once had a petting zoo, but that he closed it. The New York Times reported that Schirripa said he took Razzi to a barn in New Jersey where he keeps some horses.

There is no word on Casper the pony’s fate, but it appears that he did not get to stay with his friend Razzi.

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3:34PM PDT on May 14, 2013

bet they were terrified!

5:05AM PDT on Apr 20, 2013

thank you for sharing

9:07AM PDT on Mar 16, 2013

thanks for sharing :)

4:42PM PST on Mar 3, 2013

May it never happen that I meet any of the monsters from hell calling themselves human who work in the slaughter business I probably wouldn't be able to control myself.

12:49PM PST on Feb 24, 2013

Good story. There was a similar story in Germany a few months ago. But the animal was a brown cow, Yvonne. It took people a few months to catch her (clever cow!) but I don't know if it was sent to the slaughterhouse or not!

8:39PM PST on Feb 20, 2013

Some people are alive because it's still illegal to kill them.

7:52PM PST on Feb 20, 2013

I was so saddened for ALL of the animals in this article. All trying so hard to get away from their environment (although I did break a smile watching the little zebra trotting as fast as he could behind his pony counter part in crime). Hopefully the zebra is happy at his barn in NJ. I wish we knew what happened to the cute little pony though. It's wonderful knowing that the goat received his forever happy home and didn't have to end up in goat heaven....and the poor 'ol camel, all he wanted was company. I can understand that!! Being alone sucks!!! If I could break out of here and find myself some company I would do that too, dang it!! As far as the emu goes, maybe he just wanted to take up jogging! Think of the international attention that farmer could have gotten with his jogging emu rather than adding him to the list of those losing their life for their meat and oil!! Just saying.....

12:15PM PST on Feb 20, 2013

I agree ith Lori Eand Berty J. sad that only the goat was really saved humans are the worst living hings on th planet.

12:03PM PST on Feb 20, 2013


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