The zebras that escaped from an Upper Marlboro farm have evaded capture for nearly two months, but a couple tells 7News they have been caring for the large mammals.
“All of a sudden I’m in the middle of trying to save zebras. I would never in a million years think I’d be here,” Theodore McKenzie stated.
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McKenzie is a groundskeeper on a large, private property that backs to the zebra farm.
“We reached out to the farm owner and that didn’t really go anywhere.”
In fact, McKenzie is the person who found one of the three zebras caught in a snare trap, dead from dehydration.
“And it became apparent that these zebras are in danger. Someone actively sought one and hurt it… I am standing in-between anybody that wants to hurt the zebras ever again and their safety.”
For weeks, McKenzie has managed to keep the animals — that can run up to 40 miles per hour — on his unfenced property. He provided 7News with photos of him spreading hay at 3:49 p.m. Tuesday and additional photos of the two remaining zebras chowing down on the hay a little more than two hours later.
McKenzie and his girlfriend, Bethany Petrie, recently started the ‘Save the Zebras Foundation.’ They now operate a website and a Facebook Page where they post photos and links daily.
“Get involved. Help me help the zebras.”
McKenzie said he is working with a licensed veterinarian, plus crafting a plan to humanely capture the zebras.
“I would love to see them at the National Zoo, but I know the National Zoo only has so much funding and so much space, they might not be able to take them. That’s just a dream for the two famous zebras,” McKenzie concluded with a smile on his face.