What Became Of Ohio Zebra?

Posted by: Loren Coleman on January 4th, 2010

There are always loose ends from the previous year.

Here’s one for you.

Does anyone know whatever became of the reported striped animal, that turned out to be a zebra, first seen around Little Hocking, then last seen in the town of Torch, Ohio? Was it captured? Is it still out there?

That was back in March 2009, and then the apparently as-yet-uncaught animal was photographed in Athens County:

But what happened?

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Loren Coleman is one of the world’s leading cryptozoologists, some say “the” leading living cryptozoologist. Certainly, he is acknowledged as the current living American researcher and writer who has most popularized cryptozoology in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Starting his fieldwork and investigations in 1960, after traveling and trekking extensively in pursuit of cryptozoological mysteries, Coleman began writing to share his experiences in 1969. An honorary member of Ivan T. Sanderson’s Society for the Investigation of the Unexplained in the 1970s, Coleman has been bestowed with similar honorary memberships of the North Idaho College Cryptozoology Club in 1983, and in subsequent years, that of the British Columbia Scientific Cryptozoology Club, CryptoSafari International, and other international organizations. He was also a Life Member and Benefactor of the International Society of Cryptozoology (now-defunct). Loren Coleman’s daily blog, as a member of the Cryptomundo Team, served as an ongoing avenue of communication for the ever-growing body of cryptozoo news from 2005 through 2013. He returned as an infrequent contributor beginning Halloween week of 2015. Coleman is the founder in 2003, and current director of the International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland, Maine.

7 Responses to “What Became Of Ohio Zebra?”

  1. DNS responds:

    Zebras are so cool. Psychedelic horses. This one does not appear to be worried about much of anything. Maybe it’s still out there, worrying drunks and confusing dogs.

  2. kittenz responds:

    I don’t know for a fact, but my guess is that the owner got a few people together and took a bag of sweet feed out there and brought that zebra back home.

    There are THOUSANDS of exotics in Ohio. Around Thanksgiving, I saw a segment on WSAZ-TV about a “game farm” (one of many in the Buckeye State), where for a hefty fee, people can go into a fenced enclosure and bag the exotic trophy of their choice. In other words, a canned hunt facility. I’d bet that zebra came from just such a place, or from one of the many roadside zoos in Ohio.

  3. cryptidsrus responds:

    I don’t know either, but I tend to go with Kittenz’s opinion.

    (Happy New Year, BTW, Kittenz). 🙂

    Either that, or it’s gone into the Wild and “regressed.” 🙂

  4. fossilhunter responds:

    Greetings All!
    Zebra??! The real story is that in photos 3 and 5 the zebra is being stalked by a tiki!! Look in the background between two darker-ish trees! The locals might want to gather an angry mob, because if this sort of thing goes unchecked, it can lead to whole rooms full of singing totems and birds!! (I have personal experience from central Florida that I’m not prepared to talk about just now….) 😉

  5. kittenz responds:

    Happy New Year to you too, cryptidsrus ! And to everyone else too of course 😀 .

  6. Adrienne responds:

    I wonder why there is so much trouble, or at least it seems there is, catching this zebra. The person who took these pictures obviously got very close to it and it seems unafraid. I am sure it escaped with good reason from one of the many game farms. Nothing like penning up an exotic animal and then hunting it down to kill it. I often wonder what is wrong with these people. I understand people who like to hunt deer although I don’t like it. At least they eat it the deer or most do. But killing a zebra or other exotic animals in a inclosed area is disturbing and unsportsman like.

  7. Spinach Village responds:

    I think a lion ate it. 🙂
    Anyhow, I was wondering the same thing.

  8. norman-uk responds:

    Looks stressed to me, from its body language, probably found its own way home.

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