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Zebras Take To The Streets In Leesburg, Va.

Zebras escaped from the Leesburg Animal Petting Zoo near Route 15.
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Zebras escaped from the Leesburg Animal Petting Zoo near Route 15.

Squirrels, birds and the occasional deer are common sights in Leesburg, Va., but some Loudoun County residents were treated to a rare sight when they spotted zebras roaming down their residential streets.

Investigators say that the animals escaped from the Leesburg Animal Petting Zoo near Route 15 on Monday.

Shirley Johnson, owner of the Leesburg Animal Park, told NBC Washington Tuesday morning that the two zebras were safely returned. She blamed the escapes on workers not affiliated with the park, who accidentally left a gate open, allowing the zebras to make their break.

Sherriffs deputies reportedly drove through the neighborhood after the zebras, protecting them from cars, before tranquilizing them to ensure they weren't hurt when they were captured.

Last year, an African cat escaped from the same zoo and was hit by a car.

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