Zebra, Pony Run Loose on Staten Island After Escape from Christmas Tree Seller

The animals were filmed running along Victory Boulevard

By Marc Santia
|  Wednesday, Nov 28, 2012  |  Updated 8:45 PM EDT
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A wild scene unfolded on Staten Island Wednesday when a zebra and a pony were spotted running along a busy roadway after they apparently escaped from a Christmas tree seller.

A wild scene unfolded on Staten Island Wednesday when a zebra and a pony were spotted running along a busy roadway after they apparently escaped from a Christmas tree seller.

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A wild scene unfolded on Staten Island Wednesday when a zebra and a pony were spotted running along a busy roadway after they apparently escaped from a Christmas tree seller.

Part of their journey was captured on video by Zachary Osher, who was busy at work when he looked out the window of his shop and saw the animals on Victory Boulevard.

"Is this actually happening to me, am I finally losing my mind.  This can't be happening," Osher said he remembered thinking. "This is a zebra on Staten Island. On the street!"

Osher used his phone to film the pair as they dodged traffic just after 9 a.m.

They had apparently escaped from a nearby Christmas tree business, where they were used as an attraction, according to Giovanni Schirripa, the owner of the business.

The animals were later returned to the property, he said.

Both the pony and the zebra, a 4-month-old male named Rozzy, are doing fine, he said. They will be sent to live in a barn in New Jersey after the holidays.

Health inspectors are investigating whether Schirripa is authorized to keep the animals on his property.

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