USA: Zebra shot dead after biting man in attack

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USA: Zebra shot dead after biting man in attack

A US man remained hospitalized Tuesday after he was attacked and severely injured by his own aggressive zebra, which was shot dead by police, officers in the state of Ohio said. THE ATTACK Initial reports from the sheriff’s office in Pickaway County, Ohio say the arm of 72-year-old Ronald Clifton was dismembered and that one officer rushed to apply a tourniquet as other police responders fended off the hoofed African animal. Police Deputy Michael Oberley reported that as he arrived on the scene of Sunday’s incident, “a large male zebra charged my driver side door and was acting very hostile.” ALSO READ: North Korea fires two ballistic missiles, Seoul says Clifton “appeared to have a hemorrhage on his right arm just below the elbow ” the officer said. While Oberley was attending to the victim, the zebra returned and was threatening the Clifton family and other police.

ALSO READ: Philippine police officer jailed for killing teens in drug war conviction THE INJURY Video footage from an officer’s body camera showed a man chasing the zebra with a stick. After that failed and another officer tried in vain to scare the animal away, the officer shot the zebra in the head. The exact injury to Clifton was unclear. While one deputy, Nathan Welch, wrote in his report that the victim’s arm had been “bit off by the zebra,” a police spokesperson told AFP they believe the arm was broken. ALSO READ: China’s experience: the pros and cons of a cashless society An Ohio health care spokeswoman said Clifton “is in fair condition” at OhioHealth Grant Medical Center.

Clifton’s family are the apparent owners of the animal on their property in Circleville, south of the Ohio capital Columbus. Police said the zebra may have been seeking to protect the five or six female zebras that were seen in the property’s field during the incident. ALSO READ: Rural poverty is getting worse and welfare harder to access Zebras are not classified as dangerous wild animals under Ohio law and are legal to own in the state, a local NBC affiliate reported. By: © Agence France-Presse CLICK HERE TO READ MORE ARTICLES BY AFP

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