A Zebra Escaped from it’s FL home, frolicked through Hillsborough County, ran into the side of a Moving Pickup Truck (sending the Driver to the Hospital), Left / Fled the Scene of the Accident, was… Scroll down to read more!

Zebra’s in traffic.  It’s been known to happen.  That’s La Paz, Bolivia below, where people, inexplicably dressed as zebras, helped people navigate their way across busy streets through traffic (click here for a link to a November, 2010 blog post about this phenomenon).

But on Cinco de Mayo, Friday, May 5th, 2017, a real world zebra escaped from his unnamed civilian owner’s home in Wimauma, FL (a small unincorporated census-designated place in Hillsborough County with a population of 6,373 people and at least 1 zebra in the 2010 U.S. Census), making his escape from captivity as if he were being chased by a determined lion on the Serengeti.

Mark Ross, a local real estate agent, captured footage of the zebra galloping around and through his backyard, posting both images and a bunch of videos to Facebook (I’ll post some of the still shots below but if you want to see some fun video footage then you can access Mark’s Facebook page by clicking here)

After sufficiently exploring Mark’s property the zebra enjoyed a run through town (if you can call Wimauma “town”), kinda like he did in the pic below, when he was reportedly caught on camera on a prior occasion having a romp at the beach…

Sadly, the zebra’s freedom was short lived, ending in non-fatal tragedy, as the unfamiliar animal was involved in a hit and run (by the zebra) accident (of which, amazing, no images have been released, not as of yet anyhow).  Apparently the zebra, who was reportedly prancing along the side of the road, ran into the driver’s side of a moving Ford pickup truck.  The impact reportedly broke the side mirror and shattered some glass, which cut the driver who suffered minor lacerations and was taken to the hospital. After running into the car the zebra fled the scene, into a nearby field where, it was corralled by Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Deputies.

No that’s not our / the zebra, that’s another escaped zebra that cops corralled nearly 2 years ago to the day in Altoona, Iowa (click here to read that story).  Fortunately in this case, unlike the shocked and awed driver, our / the zebra was not injured by it’s (literal) run in with a moving car and it was eventually returned to it’s home, a farm near Wimauma, and so there’s a happy non-road kill ending for our / the zebra, unlike this one, on the Serengeti… 

As for the accident, imagine being the driver and having to report this / give a statement to your insurance carrier?  I wonder if he has Farmers, and if so whether or not they’ve seen this “thing or two” before…

Police said that they are investigating the accident and looking into how the exotic animal might have escaped.  Under Florida state law, ownership of wild animals, such as zebras, is illegal unless the owner has a permit with the state’s Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (click here for a link to FFWCC’s webpage for Captive Wildlife licensing and permitting).  

When it comes to the subject of “Cops, Courts and Constitutions” you should always have a skilled and experienced criminal defense attorney who is focused on serving your interests.  While we can’t stop the cops from arresting you, as your legal counsel Michael A. Haber, PA will ensure that your rights are respected from the moment that representation begins and that any abuses which may have occurred beforehand are remedied.

At Michael A. Haber, P.A. “Its all about reasonable doubt”!

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