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A runaway zebra caused traffic chaos in Atlanta, Georgia, yesterday (Thursday 18 February) after escaping from a circus and galloping down a motorway.

Lima, a 12-year-old zebra from Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus was being exercised when he spooked and bolted.

The zebra escaped from his trainers and darted through a fence before galloping down the motorway at about 4.30pm.

After a 40-minute chase the zebra was captured by police.

“All of a sudden a freaking zebra comes running down the street like a car,” witness Daniel Nance told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

“Five or six police cars were in hot pursuit. And a bunch of officers on foot. But then I got scared, thinking… what else is loose?”

The zebra was examined by a vet and reported to be unhurt.

“He obviously was excited, but he was in good shape. His handler calmed him down,” added a police spokesman.

Watch zebra being rescued from the motorway