Take Off Zee Bra

funny dog bookWhat’s black and white and read all over? Well, it’s certainly not the newspaper. Have you seen the circulation numbers recently?

The correct answer, of course, is a zebra with a sunburn.

Zebra’s are funny animals. They’re part horse, part donkey, and part Ansel Adams photo opp. They’re known for…for…for something. Let’s see, we have Secretariat who was a famous horse, we have Gus who was a famous field goal kicking mule, and we have Donkey who was a famous, uhmm, donkey.  But a zebra? I got nothing…until yesterday.

It happened in my own back yard, the back yard folks refer to as Atlanta where Lima, the zebra, took it upon himself to take a tour of the city. Of course his key to the city didn’t fit and his adventure was frowned upon by the locals.

The Atlanta Journal Constitution has the full story of my new hero.

A zebra from the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus escaped his handler and led police on a chase through downtown Atlanta on Thursday afternoon.

The black-and-white striped animal was spotted all over town — in the parking lot near the Richard B. Russell Federal Building, near Centennial Olympic Park, CNN and on the Downtown Connector. He was finally captured on the interstate near the Grady curve. According to witnesses, he was galloping between lanes of traffic on the Downtown Connector before his capture.

The 12-year-old zebra, named Lima, was exercising to prepare for Thursday night’s circus performance at Philips Arena when “something spooked him,” Ringling Brothers spokeswoman Crystal Drake told the Associated Press. The zebra broke away from his trainers and bumped up against a fence before wiggling through an opening and running off, she told the AP.

Daniel Nance saw a westbound zebra zipping down Alabama Street near MARTA’s Five Points station.

“All of a sudden, a freaking zebra comes running down the street like a car. Five or six police cars were in hot pursuit. And a bunch of officers on foot. But then I got scared, thinking … what else is loose?” a laughing Nance said.

Police cruisers blocked off all southbound lanes of Interstate 75 and were able to herd the zebra over to the right shoulder and off an entrance ramp, where his trainer was on hand to capture and soothe him, Drake told the AP.

“He obviously was excited, but he was in good shape,” Drake told the AP. “His handler calmed him down.”

The animal suffered cuts on his hooves from his long run, Drake said. The show’s vet was examining him, but Drake said he would likely perform as scheduled.

For the curious, Lima’s role in the show is a one act play interpretation of Sex in the City’s  Carrie Bradshaw.

The opening line is, “Hey, why the long face?”

Here’s the video of the chase:


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