"Go inside! It's a feral zebra!"
It's not often such a warning is issued, especially if you happen to be living in Carmichael, but such was the case.
Those were the words uttered by Sacramento County Sheriff's deputy Stephen Royal back in August, 2010, when a host of squad cars chased a zebra through the streets of Carmichael.
It happened. And now it has been forever memorialized on the 25th season premiere of the long-running Fox TV show COPS. The two-year-old footage was aired on the episode over the weekend.
The 2010 incident occurred around 7:23 p.m. when deputies responded to the call of a spooked zebra running amok down Fair Oaks Blvd. The incident was originally reported by News10.
According to News10, not one, but two zebras managed to get loose of their training facility, located on the 6600 block of Sutter Street.
"He's pretty amped up," Royal is heard saying. "That zebra is very strong and very fast."
The featured zebra manages to elude deputies and a trainer for blocks, leading to a multi-unit foot and car chase down the various streets of Carmichael. It wouldn't be till around 11 p.m. when the zebra led authorities down Jameson Court, into an apartment complex where it would finally be wrangled in the apartment complex public swimming pool of all places.
According to the News10 report, the second zebra gave deputies and county ranger officials less grief and was corraled earlier in the day.