Zebra escapes from Seoul zoo, runs loose on street for 3 hours

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Belmont Lay | March 24, 2023, 03:42 PM

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A two-year-old zebra broke loose from a zoo in South Korea's capital, Seoul, and spent the next three hours on the loose.

The male zebra, named Sero, which means vertical in Korean, broke free from Seoul Children's Grand Park Zoo on Thursday afternoon, March 23.

It has since been returned to its home after it was tranquilised on the streets.

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The police and fire department were alerted to safely capture the zebra.

Zoo staff were also involved.

The animal was able to escape after breaking the wooden fencing around its pen, according to the Seoul Gwangjin Fire Station.

Videos showed the animal running alongside traffic and even into a narrow alleyway.

It appeared skittish.

It even poked its nose into garbage bins in a residential area close to where it escaped in the city's east.

Sero was eventually trapped by officials using a safety fence after he entered a narrow alleyway.

The zebra was transported back to the zoo in the back of a truck.

The zebra is in a stable condition.

The young zebra was born at the zoo in 2021.

The zoo houses more than 400 animals from 38 species, including Korean dogs, monkeys and donkeys.

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