A pair of zebras that escaped their New Braunfels home Wednesday afternoon, swam across the Guadalupe River and stopped traffic as authorities chased one of them through town, have been recaptured but one of them has died, New Braunfels officials said.
The zebras escaped from a property off Texas 46 South around 4:45 p.m., officials said. The animals, which had been sold to the property owner on Wednesday, were able to swim across the Guadalupe River. One of the zebras stayed near the property, while the other seemed to have different plans.
The second zebra went underneath Interstate 35 and was followed by New Braunfels police and animal control as it gallivanted down Seguin Avenue, Castell Avenue and Walnut Avenue, among other areas.
Eventually, the zebra slowed down and hung out near the intersection of Loop 337 and West San Antonio Street, which is southwest of downtown New Braunfels, officials said.
A helicopter team that included the zebra’s original owners arrived to capture the animal with the help of police. They took about 90 minutes to corral the zebra before tranquilizing it, officials said.
The zebra was eventually sedated in a brushy area along a railroad track, put into a harness and airlifted to a truck before being returned to its owners. The zebra died sometime after it was returned, officials said.
“Throughout this journey, officers were able to successfully keep the animal and the general public from being injured,” officials said.
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