Circleville, Ohio – Authorities say a zebra attacked its owner at a home in Ohio and bit the man’s arm before he was shot and killed by a sheriff’s deputy.
The attack happened around 5:30 p.m. Sunday in Circleville. Pickaway County sheriff’s deputies responded to the house and found the man lying on the ground in a fenced field.
The sheriff’s office said a large male zebra continued to act aggressively and attacked a vice cruiser positioned to distance the animal from the victim. One of the deputies manages to scare him off briefly with his cruiser horn and siren, but the zebra continues to charge at the deputies and other first responders, and is eventually shot and killed.
It was not clear what caused the zebra’s aggressive behavior, but officials said it may have been trying to protect some female zebras in the same field.
The zebra’s owner was taken to the hospital but is expected to recover. There were no reports of other human or animal injuries.
Zebras are not considered exotic animals under Ohio law.
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