A farmer in the Midwest called emergency services and yelled, “Come before you come again!” After being attacked by a pet zebra on Circleville’s farm, Ohio.
The zebra that bit and partially amputated 72-year-old Ronald Clifton’s arm was the only stallion in a small herd of four or five mares.
“I think he ripped off my arm… Send me a chopper,” Clifton told the emergency dispatcher. When asked if he had been bitten by an animal, Clifton replied, “Oh, yes.”
When police arrived on the scene last Sunday and applied a tourniquet to Clifton’s arm, the zebra began circling “randomly.” Columbus dispatch reported.
“One of the zebras actually approached the deputy, who was the first to appear on the scene, and poked its head against the driver’s side and window of the vehicle,” said Lieutenant Jonathan Strother of the Pickaway County Sheriff’s Department. says. told local television network WSYZ“The lieutenant had to blow the air horn to scare the zebras away.”
However, as it charged the police car, the sergeant shot the animal in the head with a shotgun.
“I had to make a decision. Pickaway County Sheriff’s Office“I put a slug between its eyes.”
The sheriff later said there were signs the zebra was trying to protect a female zebra in the same field.
He was reported to be in “remarkable condition” on Tuesday afternoon, according to the Washington Post.
Ohio Department of Agriculture 2012 exotic animal methodregistration of some animals is required, but zebras are not considered dangerous or prohibited.
Includes hyenas, gray wolves, lions, tigers, jaguars, leopards, cougars, bears, elephants, rhinos, hippos, cape buffaloes, African wild dogs, Komodo dragons, crocodiles, crocodiles, gharials, caimans, and their hybrids . Except dwarf caiman.
The law was enacted after Terry Thompson, an Ohio man who owns a 73-acre farm west of Zanesville, released about 50 exotic animals in 2011 before committing suicide.
Liberation resulted in animal slaughter. Sheriff’s deputies killed 18 Bengal tigers, 17 lions, 6 black bears, 3 cougars, 2 grizzly bears, 2 wolves and 1 baboon. Not a single monkey was found.
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2023/mar/15/zebra-almost-bites-farmers-arm-off-ohio “Send me a chopper”: A zebra nearly bit off a farmer’s arm in Ohio.Ohio