Monday, November 16, 2015
Zebras on the Run
The animals are part of the UniverSoul Circus, in town for a series of shows that wrapped up on Sunday. Somehow, the pair got loose from their site at Fairmount Park and took off for a run around West Philadelphia. Circus officials are still unsure how the animals got free.
According to ABC Action News, the zebras had a thirty minute run, dashing through the parking lot of a Planet Fitness and several other businesses before darting into traffic. Fortunately they were safely captured.
Animal rights activists are using the incident to once again call on the circus to end its animal acts:
"Wild animals in circuses that's expected to happen--you can't control wild animals," stated Jackie Cane of Animal ACTivist of Philly.
Marianne Bessey, another speaker for the group pointed out that it was fortunate that no harm occurred to people or the animals during the incident:
"They saw a chance to escape, took a run for it and then ended up in traffic, and people probably honking at them, almost causing accidents."
The recovery of the animals means that, this time at least, there shouldn't be any reports of out of place zebras grazing in Philadelphia gardens.