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Outagamie County officials release 911 call regarding zebras running loose in Seymour

Published: Sep. 14, 2021 at 3:38 PM CDT|Updated: Sep. 15, 2021 at 6:07 PM CDT
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SEYMOUR, Wis. (WBAY) - Someone had an interesting day at the Outagamie County Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday!

During the afternoon hours, the Sheriff’s Office posted on Facebook that officers encountered zebras in the Seymour area.

Pictures posted on the account show at least two zebras running in fields and near a home in the area.

According to the Sheriff’s Office, two zebras were reported to be on the loose east of Seymour around 12:30 p.m.

David Haupt was driving when he spotted the zebras on the corner of County Highway G and Maass Rd, just outside of Seymour.

“I’m right outside of Seymour, there’s a couple of zebras walking down the middle of the road, and if you think I’m kidding, I’m not,” said Haupt.

They add the striped duo was rounded up by the owners about 40 minutes later.

Haupt said the zebras were friendly when he chased them off into a hayfield so they would be off the busy road.

“They were off in the distance, as I got closer, they looked like horses, and I got closer and I happened to be talking to somebody on my headset and I’m like ‘I think I see zebras’ and they were like no way, I’m like ‘Nope those are Zebras,’” said Haupt.

Haupt contacted the Outagamie County Sheriff’s Office to let them know right away.

“Well, it’s not the first exotic animal call we’ve gotten, every once in a while you get something different, but yeah having a garbage truck driver call you and say ‘well, there are two zebras in the road,’ is a bit unusual,” said Sgt. Nathan Borman, Outagamie County Sheriff’s Department.

Deputies say the zebras belonged to neighbors nearby who were very quick to respond and got them home safely.

The names of the owners were not immediately available.

Officials say they have reached out to the DNR to see if any violations were broken, but have no further concerns about the situation.

On Wednesday, Action 2 News caught up with David Haupt, who reported the zebras running around and also took video of the incident, which has since gone viral after he posted the video to Facebook. Haupt said, “I’m on an African safari in a garbage truck.”

Outagamie County officials released the audio of that call to Action 2 News.

“I mean only in Wisconsin, you’re going to find all that,” said Haupt.

Click play on the video below to hear that call.

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