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.)


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


All’s well that ends well, though.


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


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.