Sunday, August 15, 2010

Newsworthy - even nationally!

We were driving home from a church dinner last night around 7:00PM, down a very busy road. Very casually, Lauren says, "Hey, look at that zebra!" I almost didn't even glance the direction she was pointing, but I did, and what a sight to behold! Indeed, there was a zebra galloping down a lane, along with traffic. Adam and I looked at each other in shock.

I grabbed my cell phone and dialed 911. As it was ringing, I was thinking to myself, "The poor operator who answers this call is going to think I am high on something!" A woman operator answered, and asked what my emergency was. I replied, "This is going to sound so crazy, but there is a zebra running down Fair Oaks Blvd." She immediately began laughing, and said, "I didn't believe it at first, but since you're the fifth caller to report it, it must be true, crazy as it sounds!" She took my name, confirmed the phone number I was calling from, and told me to proceed with caution, that units were already on the way.

As soon as we got home I posted what we had seen on F.acebook, and at first people were teasing me, disbelieving - a reaction that I'm sure I would have had, too, had I read that! But the more time that went on, more friends began to comment that they had heard the same, or that their family members had seen it as well. It even began to show up when I G.oogled it, on our local newspaper's website and a couple TV station sites.

Turns out there were TWO zebras, who had escaped a nearby breeder. A dog had spooked them and they jumped a fence. I didn't stay awake last night long enough to watch any news, but this morning a friend sent me a link - to CNN!! I can't believe it made the national news.

It was truly one of the most bizarre things I've ever seen, and I'm so glad Lauren pointed it out to us!


Monica said...

That is hilarious. Something Lauren will always remember, the day she saw news made real. I am a bit disappointed that you used your phone to call 911 instead of using it to snap a photo. :-)

amy said...

No way!!! That's hilarious!! Love your comment on my blog about our 'connection.' It's a small world. This blogging thing is like the "six degrees of kevin bacon" but... more like ' six degrees of other bloggers'... ha! :)

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