Interesting animal story in our local paper today. A man
has a farm in a rural area north of here where he keeps some exotic
animals including a pair of zebras. (This would be central Wisconsin.) A
neighbor woman got in the habit of visiting and feeding carrots and
treats to zebras and the other animals.
Well, she was gone a few days, but when she came back
for a visit she was met at the gate by the man's donkeys and one of the
zebras, but not the other. The one who came (the female zebra) was very
agitated and kept making this awful, distressed noise. The woman went in
the barn to find the male, but he was nowhere to be seen. The female
kept acting very agitated, trying to get her attention.
The woman ran outside, and the zebra came with her and
started down a path. The woman ran down the path, and the zebra kept
running ahead and looking back to be sure the woman was following. The
zebra ran to the creek, which was mostly iced over, and started across.
The woman didn't want to go out on the ice, which was sure to be unsafe,
but then she saw the male zebra out there. He had fallen through and was
trapped in ice about up to his chest. He'd been flailing around and cut
himself on the ice, and was in desperate straits.
The woman got people to come, and they attached a rope
to the zebra, which fortunately was wearing a harness. Somebody got on a
cell phone and got a neighbor to come out with his truck, which had a
winch. They managed to pull the zebra out and get him on solid ground --
he'd been mired in the mud of the creek bed, so pulling him out was
doubly hard. He collapsed and was able to do nothing but shake, so they
had to get a second truck out there that could lift him aboard. Then
they drove back to the barn another way, which really distressed the
They got a vet there who stayed with the zebra until he
warmed up and stabilized, and he survived, much to the relief of the
people and the female zebra, who got lots of appreciation for her role
in the rescue.
What a good story about animals caring for each other,
using their intelligence, and communicating with humans! Thought you
might like it.
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