Prime suspect? Dem lawmaker denies she set free 5 ZEBRAS still on the loose after jailbreak from Maryland farm
What’s black, white, and running amok across the suburbs of Maryland? Five zebras are now on the loose after escaping a small private farm. The plot thickened after a congresswoman emphatically denied she was behind the jailbreak.
The animals escaped from a farm in Prince George’s County last week and have yet to be returned home, said Rodney Taylor, chief of the county’s Animal Services Division. He noted the agency has received at least five zebra-spotting calls from concerned locals since last week, as the animals continue to mosey through a semi-rural area of the county.
ZEBRAS GONE ROGUE | The mystery of the roaming Zebras in Upper Marlboro in Maryland is solved. The sightings had residents doing a double-take. >> https://t.co/VtCZvZqq3kpic.twitter.com/Uhl7oopf9m— WBAL-TV 11 Baltimore (@wbaltv11) September 8, 2021
As if the ongoing ‘zebra getaway’ story wasn’t amusing enough, Washington, DC Congresswoman Eleanor Norton added another layer of intrigue with a tongue-in-cheek statement on Friday – seemingly unprovoked – denying “charges” that she had set the animals “free” and insisting she had an “alibi.”
Five zebras are on the loose in Prince George’s Co. right now!Nearby resident Paul Curling shared this video of a zebra seen from his backyard.Animal services says they escaped from a farm last week near Duley Station Road in Upper Marlboro.The farm has a permit for them. 🦓 pic.twitter.com/dY7XDx6vfx— Tom Roussey (@tomroussey7news) September 8, 2021
“Local news has reported that the zebras were let loose on Saturday or Sunday of last weekend, a period of time during which I was enjoying quiet time at home with family. My alibi is solid,” the Democrat said, adding that the “charges are understandable” given that she has “been known to oppose unnecessary fences.”
Some critics on social media remained unconvinced, however, with one noting that Norton’s statement is “exactly what someone who let six zebras loose from the zoo would say.” (The congresswoman erroneously said that six, rather than five, zebras had escaped.)
exactly what someone who let six zebras loose from the zoo would say https://t.co/rC0Dzkp4kf— Siraj Hashmi (@SirajAHashmi) September 10, 2021
“My alibi is solid” Big tell.— Ross Keith (@r_keith_) September 10, 2021
congresswoman norton was not even on my list of suspects of who released the six zebrasUNTIL NOW https://t.co/9hjiVyimC7— darth™ (@darth) September 10, 2021
Other observers were utterly baffled by the Zebra-gate controversy, apparently believing Norton’s statement-in-jest was a sincere denial of allegations.
So it appears someone accused Norton of setting zebras free because she talks about "consent of the governed" around DC statehood? This is the weirdest reality. https://t.co/HJryTrEqlz— Anna Muldoon (@dsky) September 11, 2021
I seriously do not understand the accusation. So Holmes-Norton's philosophy freed the zebras, not who forgot to lock the gate.— FoShizGriz (@FoShizGriz) September 10, 2021
While the Animal Services Division has devised a plan to coax the animals back to the farm in partnership with their owner, Taylor explained that wrangling rogue zebras is no easy task.
“You can’t hunt them down. They’re just too fast, they run, they won’t let you get near them,” he told a local media outlet, adding, however, that their plan is working and is slowly “winning their confidence.”
We do have a feeding station set up... They are eating there every morning between 2am and 4am.
The feeding station was set up near the farm, though Taylor declined to reveal its location for fear that locals would try to approach the animals and potentially frighten them away. “If you spook them, you’re just pushing them further out. And that’s when it can get dangerous, they can get out on the highway, [and other] things can happen,” he said.
The zebras are owned legally under a permit from the US Department of Agriculture. In total, 39 zebras (known collectively as either a “dazzle” or a “zeal” in zoological parlance) reside on the farm, located near the small town of Upper Marlboro. All of them were delivered only recently, said Taylor, who added that the farm has housed exotic animals in the past, and has seen only one other escape over the last 15 years.
Despite their failed efforts to date, the farm owner and Animal Services Division will continue attempting to coax the zebras back home, hoping to slowly wall off the area around the feeding station and enclose the animals. They will then be tranquilized in order to be returned to the farm safely, Taylor said.Also on rt.com Texas man arrested after his BENGAL TIGER is spotted roaming Houston neighborhood, big cat still on the loose (VIDEOS)
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