CHANDLER, Ariz. - The Chandler Police Department said a zebra was struck and killed by a vehicle on McQueen Road just south of Celebration Drive Wednesday morning.
According to police, a couple of the zebras at the Ostrich Festival got loose from their corrals. One of the zebras was struck by the vehicle. The other was gathered back to the corral.
The driver of the vehicle suffered minor injuries, police said.
Hedrick's Promotions, the company who provides the Ostrich Festival animals, released a statement Wednesday afternoon.
“We have never had any incidents throughout all our years of doing the Festival,” said Joe Hedrick, owner of Hedrick’s Promotions said in the release. “These animals mean a lot to us – we take great pride and care of our animals and think of them as part of our family.”
The release offered no details on how the zebras got out. Hedrick's Promotions said extra security measures are being implemented.