WATCH: Zebra Chases Pony Through Staten Island Parking Lot

'Madagascar' this ain't.

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No, this isn’t something out of a magical children’s book, where the two animals prance together in a field of golden wheat. It’s a nondescript strip mall in Staten Island. And the animals are very real.

Zachary Osher, owner of Metropolitan Drape & Blind, must have thought he needed another cup of coffee this morning when he saw two unlikely animals outside his window. “I was sitting at my desk at about 9:20 when I saw a zebra and pony run back and forth across the street, almost getting hit by a car,” he told the Staten Island Advance.

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Osher grabbed his iPhone and started recording the zebra and pony sprinting through the parking lot. When the two made it out to Victory Boulevard, a busy two-lane road that weaves through Staten Island, they dashed out of the frame, dodging traffic as cars honked.

We’re not quite sure what he hoped his kissing noises would accomplish – these animals were clearly on a mission. “Thirty seconds later, I saw two men in dark black suits carrying lassos running across the street,” Osher told the Advance.

While many were left speculating just where the animals came from – the Staten Island Zoo is seven miles away – police reported to the New York Times that by 2:30 p.m. the pair were returned home, to a petting zoo at Victory Boulevard and Travis Avenue just a few blocks away.

While their daring, Madagascar-style escape was foiled, NewsFeed is glad the animals weren’t hurt; maybe they’ll get to frolic again in the sequel.

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Another smartphone idiot who does not "get" horizontal/vertical..  -.-


uh, instead of FILMING the two, why wasnt he calling police to let them know where the missing animals were frolicking?  What did he think HE was going to do if his kissing sounds attracted them to him?  Does he know HOW to handle these animals?  (Zebras can be pretty tenacious).

Cell phones!  A bane of the modern world: look, I managed to capture on my iPhone this man getting mugged/child running into traffic/myself getting robbed.  PUTZES ALL>