Posted by: Loren Coleman on March 8th, 2009
This is an update to the reports of a striped cryptid being sighted and first seen around Little Hocking, Ohio.
It is definitely a zebra. The apparently as-yet-uncaught animal wandering around Ohio has been photographed in Athens County.
People in Athens County were getting tired of folks saying they were crazy when they said they saw a zebra. They decided to take some pictures.
“The zebra ran past me and I decided to go home and get my camera because I figured nobody would believe me,” Zach Hall said.
“You look up on the hill and there was that zebra, so we came home and got our camera and went back down the road, and they were trying to lasso it and they tried to get it with a bucket of food, but it just got spooked and took off,” Connie Johnson said.
The animal was last seen in Torch, Ohio.
No definite word yet if this zebra has been caught. Reports that it was captured on March 1st or that a private owner has come forth still are just rumors.
These photographs are so clear, I think the variety of this zebra can be positively identified. This animal appears to be a Grant’s Zebra (Equus burchelli bohmi or Burchelli bohmi). The Grant’s species or subspecies (depending on what school you agree with) is the most abundant of the four species or subspecies of zebra. This would be the most logical variety to have been kept in private captivity.
Thanks to Cathleen Moxley.
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.