Couple in Maryland caring for escaped zebras starts foundation

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a couple in Maryland Washington has been caring for zebras that have avoided re-capture for nearly two months after fleeing a farm in Upper Marlboro, DC.

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“All of a sudden I’m trying to save zebras. I’ll never think in a million years that I’ll be here,” said Theodore McKenzie, a groundkeeper on private land that connects to the ranch, told ABC 7.

“We reached out to the owner of the farm and he really went nowhere,” he said.


Mr Mackenzie found one of the three zebras that had escaped after being trapped dead of dehydration.

“It became clear that these zebras are in danger,” he said. “Someone actively seeks out one and hurts it… I stand in the middle of anyone who wants to hurt the zebra again and their safety.”

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Kevin Lewis of ABC 7 News Tweeted that Bethany Petrie and Theodore McKenzie have been taking care of the remaining two zebras for almost a month.

Mr Mackenzie and Ms Petrie have managed to create zebras, which can run at up to 40mph, without a fence on the property to keep them inside.

On Tuesday, Mr. Mackenzie spread grass shortly before 4 p.m. and zebras were photographed eating forage two hours later.

Ms. Petrie and Mr. Mackenzie have started the Save the Zebra Foundation and they now run a website and a Facebook page, which posts daily links and pictures.

“People are starting to donate,” said Mr. McKenzie ABC 7. “Mill attached. Help me help the zebra.”

He said he is working with a vet and he plans to catch the zebra safely.

“I would love to see them at the National Zoo, but I know there is only so much money and so much space at the National Zoo, they may not be able to take them. For two famous zebras it’s just a dream,” he told ABC 7.

the outlet reported On Wednesday, 76-year-old farm owner Jerry Lee Holly was charged with three counts of animal cruelty. The starting date listed in the case is August 26.

The legal filing said a dead zebra was found at the farm yesterday in rigor-mortis condition, a post-death muscle stiffness due to chemical changes that help trace the time of death and if The body is moved after passing . The dead zebra found in the field is in addition to the dead zebra found in the trap.

Officials claim Mr Holly did not provide proper food, water and veterinary care to his 40-strong herd of zebras.

“Massive Zebras Are A Public Nuisance,” Court Filing They say. “Media coverage surrounding zebras has brought traffic and trespassers into nearby homes. The animals are dangerous and pose a risk to people approaching them, and a risk to drivers on public roads.”

There is no defense attorney recorded in the legal filing.

Court documents say Maryland Animal Services spoke to Mr Holly, who said “they had no plans to take back the zebras at the time”.

“Zebras pose a threat to the community at large” [as] They wander through communities, railroads and public roads,” the official said in filing. “Zebras are also at risk.”


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