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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