Five more zebras criss-crossing Hilton, after stallion’s highway antics

2014-10-08 00:00

THE zebra seen roaming the N3 on Monday morning is believed to be one of six wandering around the area.

This is according to Bruce Mattison, founder of the Midlands pound, who said he also saw two zebra in a forest near Hilton early yesterday morning.

Mattison said he had an idea where the zebra came from but would rather not say.

“I know who the zebras belong to but I think it would be better to return them quietly without too much fuss,” he said.

Mattison said if the zebra stallion spotted on the N3 had posed a risk to the public, the last resort would have been to shoot it.

“If the zebra had been running between cars and creating a hazard to the public, we would have had to put it down. Luckily, it was not a hassle to anyone,” said Mattison.

Mattison said the wandering zebras would be quietly taken back to their owner over the next few weeks.

FreeMe Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre manager Roz Marais said she had received a call on Sunday night claiming a zebra was wandering Old Howick Road near the World’s View plantation.

“We went out to look for it on Sunday night but by the time we arrived, it had already made its way into the plantation,” said Marais.

Resident Mandy McInnes said on Facebook she had seen the zebra trotting up Old Howick Road on Sunday night.

“I wondered why the two cars in front of me were going so slowly. I thought it was another cyclist making his way up the hill, I had to check my eyes weren’t seeing things when I realised it was a zebra,” said McInnes.

Hilton local Jeff Gaisford said the zebra sightings were the talk of the town.

“It is very much talked about and there are vets standing by to dart it,” said Gaisford.

He said he suspected the zebra belonged to Queen Elizabeth Park.

“It is up to [Ezemvelo] KZN Wildlife to sort it out. How did they get out? There is a manned gate they would have to get through,” said Gaisford.

Spokesperson for Ezemvelo Wildlife Musa Mntambo said he was unaware of any zebra missing from Queen Elizabeth Park as he had been in meetings all day.

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