Video: Zebra and Pony Run Away On Staten Island

November 28th, 2012

Yeah, I have no idea.

Just watch the video from the Staten Island Advance.

Zachary Osher, owner of Metropolitan Drape & Blind, spotted the bizarre scene and shared his video with the Advance and

“I was sitting at my desk at about 9:20 when I saw a zebra and pony run back and forth across the street, almost getting hit by a car,” he told us.

But it gets even crazier: “About 30 seconds later, I saw two men in dark black suits carrying lassoes running across the street.”

Osher is at a loss to explain such events. “I have no idea how it got there. … I figured [the men with lassoes] knew what to do.”

H/T New Yorker

Update: The zebra and pony have returned to their home.

A zebra and pony seen trotting down Victory Boulevard in Travis were returned to their owner’s nearby home after the duo fled their stable sometime around 9 a.m. Wednesday.

Razzi, a young white-and-brown striped zebra, and his pony in crime, 15-year-old Casper, escaped Giovanni Schirripa’s home and strolled down Victory. The two went as far as the Greenbelt Native Plant Center before emergency officials intervened. Schirripa, the animals’ owner, lured them back to their Travis Avenue home with food.

“I let them out to clean the stall, and I forgot to shut the gate. I always do it,” said Schirripa, regarding the cleaning. “But this time, I didn’t shut the gate.”

They immediately darted out of his yard. It happened between 9 and 9:20 a.m., he said.

“Would you want to stay in a cage?” laughed his mother, Maria.

I had no idea people in Staten Island kept zebras in their homes? Wait till Bloomberg finds out about this!