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Animal Control Tries to Catch Zebras Still Loose in Maryland

"They are animals that you just can't walk up and put a lasso on," Chief Rodney Taylor from Prince George’s Animal Control said.

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Animal control is trying to catch a handful of zebras that are still on the loose after they escaped from a farm in Prince George's County about two weeks ago.

Initially, animal control put up a feeding station to coax the zebras back to the private farm where they live in Croom, Maryland.

But upon that failing, animal control has now erected an 8-foot tall corral in the area where the zebras have been grazing in Upper Marlboro.

Eight-foot corral erected to catch the zebras in Upper Marlboro.

Zebras are not an easy catch.

"They are animals that you just can't walk up and put a lasso on," Chief Rodney Taylor from Prince George’s Animal Control said. "They're going to run away from you."

The zebras are owned by Jerry Holly, a wealthy breeder and trader of exotic animals, who has a history of keeping unusual pets.

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Officials say Holly brought 39 zebras to the farm in Croom last month.

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While they have been on the run, the zebras have become an internet phenomenon inspiring memes and shocking everyone who comes across them.

"I called 311 and she thought I was crazy, she thought I was crazy. She paused for a long minute. I said, 'Ma’am, I am not drinking. I have not had any drugs. I have zebras in my backyard walking on the train tracks," Alexis Reed Curling, an Upper Marlboro resident, said.

Government officials have also weighed in.

Congresswoman Eleanor Norton (D-DC) denied responsibility for letting the zebras on the loose.

“My alibi is solid," Norton said in a press release.

Norton didn't dish on exactly who allegedly accused her of letting the zebras loose, but she "supports freedom generally," her office pointed out.

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