‘Problematic’ zebra relocated after another N3 stroll

2014-10-15 00:00

THE “problematic” zebra who stopped traffic as he wandered onto the N3 highway again yesterday morning has been relocated to a safer place.

The zebra was darted and returned to its home at Queen Elizabeth Park, but was later taken to Midmar nature reserve.

Responding to the call to assist with the zebra roaming on the highway, the Road Traffic Inspectorate’s Bheki Sokhela said the zebra was found just before Hilton.

“The traffic was building up as cars weaved around him, but we managed to chase it off the highway,” said Sokhela.

He said three Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife staff then removed the zebra, which had earlier been seen sauntering along the embankment at the side of the road, before strolling onto the median.

Ezemvelo spokesperson Musa Mntambo said the zebra was taken to Midmar because it is “problematic”.

Mntambo said they sedated the zebra with a tranquilliser gun before transporting it in a truck.

He said it was unclear how it had got through the fence onto the N3. He shot down speculation that the zebra that was seen roaming on the N3 last week was theirs, but would not say who the owner of that animal was.

“The zebras that were seen wandering around Hilton last week were not Ezemvelo’s zebras. I understand that the owners have taken them back.”

The Witness reported last week that the zebras roaming Hilton had become the talk of the town.

Penny Maitland-Stuart yesterday posted on Facebook: “Zebra on the freeway going down Townhill, running beside fast lane, where the police normally sit with their trapping equipment. When are they going to catch this poor animal?”

Speculation that the other zebra belonged to Hilton College was refuted by a source at the school who said their fence was intact and that their zebras were safely fenced in. He added that there were “a lot” of other zebra owners in the area.

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