"Ann Curry" escapes Shell Factory zoo
NORTH FORT MYERS: The Shell Factory has its zebra back after the animal escaped and spent several minutes gallivanting through a gated community in North Fort Myers.
The six month old animal, named "Ann Curry" after the NBC Today Show host, escaped Monday morning in the midst of a medical transfer.
The zebra jumped out of the back of a moving trailer and took off across US-41 into the Heron's Glen community.
"My wife hollered and said, there's a zebra in the backyard, and I couldn't believe her," said witness Tom Radcliff.
Shell Factory employees got the zebra back into its trailer after Charlotte County animal control officer Kurt Truran caught it.
Zoo workers didn't want to answer questions about what happened and whisked the animal away around 12:15 p.m.
Truran can't figure out how something like this happened.
"I don't see how it actually escaped because they did take the necessary precautions to keep the animal contained," Truran said.
The zebra did suffer from injuries. The animal was bleeding from the mouth, had several abrasions and was limping.
The extent of the zebra's injuries is unknown at this time.
The Shell Factory would not release where the animal was being taken when it escaped.