Two zebras escape from Illinois pumpkin farm, lead police on 2-hour chase

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Oct. 6 (UPI) -- A pair of zebras escaped from an indoor zoo at an Illinois pumpkin farm and led workers, zookeepers and police on a nearly two-hour chase.

Jacob Goebbert, an employee at Goebbert's Pumpkin Patch and Apple Orchard in Pingree Grove, said the two zebras, a male and a female, escaped from their pen at the farm's indoor zoo and left the building through the rear doors.


Goebbert said the farm does not own the zebras, explaining the zoo's animals are provided by another business.

Farmworkers and zookeepers set out to capture the zebras, and Kane County sheriff's deputies joined in the chase after receiving a call about loose zebras on Route 47.

At least one driver on the road captured video of the loose animals and posted the footage to TikTok.

Illinois State Police were contacted when the chase neared Interstate 90, and officers from the Hampshire and Pingree Grove police departments joined in the pursuit.

The zebras were captured uninjured.

Goebbert said the farm is investigating how the zebras escaped from their pen.

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