POSTED: Tuesday, November 29, 2011 - 1:01pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, November 29, 2011 - 1:44pm
NBC NATIONAL NEWS — It's one thing to see dogs, cats and squirrels around neighborhoods, but imagine the surprise when Leesburg, Virginia homeowners spotted zebras roaming their streets.
That's exactly what happened Monday.
Investigators say the animals escaped from the Leesburg Animal Park Petting Zoo nearby.
The two zebras are now fine and back inside the park.
Workers, not affiliated with the park, accidentally left a gate open Monday afternoon, allowing the zebras to escape.
Sheriff deputies drove through the neighborhood to try to protect the zebras from cars.
Animal Control eventually used a tranquilizer to safely capture them.
Diane Murphy, who snapped several photos of the zebras, says the sighting makes up for a safari trip she had to cancel.
This is the second time animals escaped from the petting zoo.
Last April, an African cat got out and got hit by a car.