When you hear hoofbeats, the saying goes, you should think horses, not zebras. In Philadelphia on Sunday, you would have been wrong. A pair of zebras escaped from a circus and went running through the streets of west Philly before they were recaptured, police say. The two animals somehow fled the UniverSoul Circus outside the Mann Center for the Performing Arts at about 2pm Sunday. A circus spokesman told the Philadelphia Inquirer in a statement that the animals "briefly went on the loose." No injuries were reported.
Witnesses took to social media to post photos and video footage of the animals running through the streets before police confirmed their recapture at about 3pm Sunday. "Zebras in custody," police tweeted. "They are already sporting old-timey prisoner getup ahead of trial and sentencing. Have faith, fellas." (Three elephants did a lot more damage after escaping from a circus in St. Louis.)