Watch: Murderous zebra nearly bites owner's arm off before deputies put it down
Poor Ohio just can't catch a break. First toxic train derailments, now killer Zebras. I was today years old when I found out Zebras can actually be ruthless killers, so I felt compelled to share with all of you. Police had to kill a savage Zebra in Ohio after it nearly ripped a man's arm off.
Ronald Clifton, the owner of the Zebra, was laying on the ground when deputies arrived at his property. His Zebra had tried to remove his arm from his body. Which is not typically behavior you want from a pet.
The Zebra then charged one of the deputies. They attempted to scare it away with their sirens and air horns, but Mr. Zebra was not having it. So they had to shoot and kill him, with the permission of the man's family.
The Pickaway County Sheriff said of the attack, "The zebra had already shown aggression. And speaking with some of the family members and friends, apparently, this zebra has been aggressive in the past. I told (the deputy) I fully support what he did. He did what was best to protect the people on the scene there. And I talked to some people on the scene there, and they said that they would have ended up doing the same thing if the deputy had not done that."
So what inspired this Zebra to suddenly become murderous? A wildlife expert told NBC 4 News, "They’re definitely wild animals and still have, like, kind of all those wild instincts and behaviors. Male zebras are territorial. Their job is to get and hold a group of females that he wants to breed, and he’ll be very protective of those against any kind of challenger.”
Oh yeah, there were apparently five or six female Zebras on the property as well. So Mr. Zebra must've been protecting his mates. A noble cause, but not worth losing an arm over. Perhaps a Golden Retriever would be a safer bet than a wild zoo animal. But to each their own.