Both animals were captured within an hour of their initial escape

By Alex Heigl
November 16, 2015 06:27 PM

West Philadelphia got a little more wild Sunday afternoon, when two zebras performing with the UniverSoul Circus broke loose and led authorities on a brief, though thrilling chase through the city streets.

The escape happened around 2 p.m. after the animals had finished their act. One was captured within a half-hour, the other by 3 p.m., authorities reported.

The situation was thoroughly documented by Philadelphia residents on social media. (Some posts contain NSFW language.)

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A number of police vehicles were involved in the pursuit, as you can see from this video.

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All’s well that ends well, though.

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And the Philly police got the last word after all, getting in a jab at the zebras’ “outfits.”

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UniverSoul Circus has not commented publicly on the escape, though their billing as “the most interactive circus in the world” is certainly bolstered by Sunday afternoon’s events.

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