‘Mad’ zebra captured after brief escape in Putnam County

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COOKEVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — A hunt for a “mad” zebra on the run in Putnam County came to an end after several hours Friday morning.

Cookeville police said the zebra had escaped around 4 a.m. from Triple W. Livestock Auction on West Cemetery Road near Bunker Hill Road.

Officers, along with Putnam County deputies, assisted Triple W. employees in attempting to capture the zebra, as the animal eventually ran onto Highway 111.

At one point, police said two Cookeville officers “made unsuccessful attempts to deploy issued TASER devices to redirect or capture the animal.”

Prescott South Elementary School in Cookeville wrote on Facebook around 6 a.m. that the zebra was on the loose in the Prescott area. It had escaped a truck, was “tased” and “is mad,” the school wrote.

Ashley Danielle Francis, a teacher at Prescott South Middle School said she thought the Facebook post was a joke, but later saw the zebra on Highway 111 headed in the direction of the school.

Cookeville police said the zebra was eventually cornered and directed onto a transport trailer around 7:15 a.m., ending the hours-long hunt.

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