(WASHINGTON) – What’s black and white and roaming in the greater Washington, DC area?
“As if 2021 couldn’t be even crazier, a pack of zebras have been spotted in a county in Maryland,” the Chesapeake Bay National Park Service tweeted earlier this week.
The group of five zebras, known as Glare, have been roaming free in Maryland for over a week now. The zebras escaped from a farm near Upper Marlboro, Md., Late last month, Chief Rodney Taylor of the Prince George County Animal Services Division told Washington ABC’s WJLA affiliate. .
The farm has had exotic animals on and off for 15 years, Taylor told the WJLA. Animal Services has received several calls that the quadrupeds have been seen roaming and grazing the majestic plains of rural Maryland. The farm works to attract the zebras with feeding stations, where they hope to be able to surround them without scaring them.
Zebras aren’t dangerous unless you approach them, according to Taylor.
Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, D-Washington, DC, made herself part of the bizarre story by issuing a statement Friday denying any responsibility for letting the zebras run free. His office later clarified that it was a joke. Holmes Norton joked that she had a “strong alibi” to prove that she hadn’t let go of the zebras.
She is known locally as a willing to rule advocate – as she continues to fight for statehood in Washington – and joked in the statement that she opposes unnecessary fences.
“Local news reported that the zebras were released on Saturday or Sunday last weekend, a time when I was enjoying a quiet time at home with my family,” Norton said. “My alibi is strong, but given my career as a fighter for statehood for the district, which includes years of explaining the importance of having the consent of the governed, and given my recent opposition to fences, I can understand why the charge was laid. I hope that the owners find the zebras and that all involved live long and fulfilling lives.
The country is asking anyone with information on the whereabouts of the zebras to contact Prince George County Animal Control Services at 301-780-7200.
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