Zebra on golf course in Japan dies during capture attempt


A zebra that was on the loose on a Japanese golf course for hours has died. It was chased by police, shot with a tranquilizer and likely drowned after it plunged into a lake.

Police say the 2-year-old male zebra escaped late Tuesday from a horseback riding club. It belonged to a farm in Aichi Prefecture.

By Wednesday morning, it had wandered onto a nearby golf course in Gifu Prefecture, with TV news footage showing it zipping from hole to hole.

People were seen chasing the animal around the golf course, some holding lassos, trying to capture it, but with little luck. The animal would let them get close and then would dash off when they tried to rein it in.

It was shot with a tranquilizer dart but then ran into a lake.

It was rescued within minutes, but its heart had stopped, and attempts to resuscitate it failed, said Takahiro Taniguchi of the Tajimi police in Gifu.

The cause of death was unclear, Taniguchi said, although the animal probably drowned. He said that this was the opinion of a veterinarian at the scene.

“We pulled it out, but its heart had stopped,” he said.