Holiday Mayhem: Zebra & Pony Run Loose on NY’s Staten Island After Escape from Christmas Tree Seller (video)
Posted By Vicki McClure Davidson on November 30, 2012
A zebra and his pony companion caused some crazy holiday mayhem after they ran loose through New York’s Staten Island’s streets Wednesday morning. The duo had escaped their pen from their owner, a Christmas tree seller, who used them as an attraction to drum up business.
Razzy the zebra and Casper the pony were both safely captured.
From NY Daily News, Zebra and pony run wild on Staten Island:
It’s a real zoo out there.
A zebra and a pony ran wild through a shopping center parking lot off Victory Boulevard in Staten Island Wednesday morning, stopping traffic and leaving onlookers in disbelief.
“There was basically a stampede in front of my store,” said Zachary Osher, who caught the bizarre scene on video.
“It was crazy. It’s something you don’t see everyday.”
Osher was at his desk at Metropolitan Drape and Blind when he spotted the unlikely duo, pursued by two men clad in dark suits wielding lassos, the Staten Island Advance first reported.
“When I saw the pony, I was like ‘eh,’ but then I saw the zebra,” he said. “I thought it was some kind of a circus act.”
The hoofed animals headed out onto the busy boulevard, dodging cars along the way, until they landed in the Greenbelt Native Plant Center across the street.
“There was a whole show here. I couldn’t believe it,” said a Center employee who wished to remain anonymous. “I said ‘Oh my God, am I dreaming or what?’”
It remains unclear what happened next, but the New York Times reports that the animals have since been captured and returned to a petting zoo at Victory Boulevard and Travis Avenue.
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A wild scene unfolded on New York’s Staten Island Wednesday when a zebra and a pony were spotted running along a busy roadway after they apparently escaped from a Christmas tree seller.
Part of their journey was captured on video by Zachary Osher, who was busy at work when he looked out the window of his shop and saw the animals on Victory Boulevard.
“Is this actually happening to me, am I finally losing my mind. This can’t be happening,” Osher told NBC 4 New York he remembered thinking. “This is a zebra on Staten Island. On the street!”
Osher used his phone to film the pair as they dodged traffic just after 9 a.m.
They had apparently escaped from a nearby Christmas tree business, where they were used as an attraction, according to Giovanni Schirripa, the owner of the business.
The animals were later returned to the property, he said.
Both the pony and the zebra, a 4-month-old male named Razzy, are doing fine, he said. They will be sent to live in a barn in New Jersey after the holidays.
From UPI, Zebra, pony, get loose in NYC:
Casper the pony and Razzi the zebra had an excellent, if brief, adventure in New York City Wednesday, galloping through a Staten Island neighborhood.
The two animals were spotted making their way through a shopping center parking lot in the Travis neighborhood where they ignored Metropolitan Drape & Blind owner Zachary Osher as he shot video of them and then heading down Victory Boulevard where a motorist honked at them, the Staten Island Advance reported.
“They ran past me, and then they made a loop around the parking lot,” Osher told The New York Times. “I thought they were circus animals.
“They came around and they were galloping. The pony was in the lead, and the zebra was behind.”
The Times reported police said the 14-year-old pony and the 4-month-old zebra were rounded up a few blocks away within a half-hour or so.
It turns out their owner, Giovanni Schirripa, 31, had left the gate open on their pen after feeding them and they made a run for it — it was Casper’s third escape.