Two-year-old Zeke the zebra is a free spirit, in more ways than one.
Instead of roaming the savannahs of Africa, he seems more than happy with his lot roaming the wilds of Tennessee – or, more precisely, Bradley County.
Zeke escaped his property weeks ago and is refusing to be caught.
Zeke’s owner, Ronald Price, told local media that Zeke was an individual and apparently wanted to be by himself.
Zeke has reportedly been roaming the county for up to three months.
Price got Zeke about six months ago, but three months ago he managed to escape. Either he jumped a tall fence or someone accidentally left a gate open for a time.
Price has been driving all over south Cleveland, following up sightings.
“We know where he’s at, we just can’t catch him,” he told local media.
Zeke is like any other equine under Tennessee law, and Price is responsible for recapturing him – as well as any damage he might do while on the loose.
So far, Zeke has not caused any trouble, and is seemingly content to hang out in wooded areas.
Price is meanwhile remaining upbeat, saying Zeke is out there enjoying life.
He told the Times Free Press: “He’s kind of like Bigfoot. People will sight him here and there, and then he’s gone.”
Price’s menagerie includes a camel, llamas, reindeer, horses, cattle, mules, donkeys, and sheep, all of whom get on fine.