Zebra Spotted on Atlanta’s Downtown Connector

ATLANTA – Commuters often describe Atlanta's rush hour traffic as "zoo". But, when a zebra escaped Thursday afternoon, the Downtown Connector was more than a zoo, it was a circus.

A zebra was captured Thursday afternoon on the Downtown Connector after it apparently escaped from a holding area near Philips Arena.

Traffic on the Downtown Connector near the Grady Curve slowed to a crawl during rush hour as authorities walked the zebra along the shoulder. It appeared the authorities were escorting the zebra to safety.

The zebra was originally spotted by CNN employees in the CNN Center parking deck. The zebra apparently ran throughout the Downtown Atlanta area. It made its way onto the Downtown Connector where it was finally captured by police.

The zebra escaped from an area outside Philips Arena in downtown Atlanta, where it was being held with other animals for Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Circus — who is performing there this week.

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