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Zebras lead German police on a different kind of high-speed chase

February 11, 2009 |  5:53 pm

A policeman on a motorbike tries to stop a zebra, one of four animals which had 
broken out of a circus in Augsburg, on a road in Augsburg, Germany

A photo provided by the European Pressphoto Agency goes a long way toward illustrating the story we told you about Tuesday, in which four zebras escaped from a circus and were chased through the streets of the southern German town of Augsburg.

The zebras were successfully rounded up with no injuries to either the humans or the animals (but two police vehicles were reportedly damaged in the chase).  The BBC reports:

One escapee gave itself up quickly after being cornered by locals nearby, but it took 45 minutes to corral the others into a paddock outside the city.

While being loaded onto a trailer, one zebra managed to escape yet again.

After another two hours of pursuit, the animal had to be shot with a tranquiliser dart so that it could be transported back to the circus.

Police spokesman Robert Goeppel told the Associated Press that the event marked the first time "anything like this has happened here."  Our question: Shouldn't that go without saying?

-- Lindsay Barnett

Photo: Anne Wall / European Pressphoto Agency

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