Jeff Caplan’s Minute of News: Zebras on the Loose!

Apr 30, 2024, 10:00 PM | Updated: May 8, 2024, 5:39 pm

Four zebras ran loose in North Bend, Washington, a little town about 40 miles outside of Seattle. ...

Four zebras ran loose in North Bend, Washington, a little town about 40 miles outside of Seattle. (Canva)


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NORTH BEND, Washington — North Bend, Washington is a little town about 40 miles outside of Seattle. It’s about the same size as Farr West, or Midway. Sunday was a quiet day in North Bend. And then all of a sudden, Dave Danton became a local hero getting worldwide accolades.


He had no idea it was coming. But he found out bout the same time as everyone else on the one highway through town. Because right there on State Road 202 well, you couldn’t miss ‘em.

Four of them. Horsies wearing football ref uniforms and fuzzy little black mullets atop their stripe covered heads. Running down the double-line on 202.

Even if you flunked geography you know that North Bend, Washington is not in Africa. But there they were, in all their striped glory and authorities mustered to capture four beasts on the loose. Beasts they’d never been trained to capture and enter Dave Danton to the rescue.

Because in a fortuitous turn of events, he was driving by (by profession, he’s a rodeo clown) on his way back from a cattle drive.

So now you have the surreal sight of a Sunday zebra stampede, a dozen cops and a rodeo clown chasin ‘em down. But with 15 years under his belt, Dave built a chute out of rope garden hose and metal panels and he led the zebras back to their trailer. Except for one who’s still on the loose.

A zebra who’s quickly becoming a folk legend.

How did the Zebras get loose? They got to show their stripes around town because the latch on their trailer broke as they were transported to a petting zoo in Montana.

Jeff Caplan is the host of Jeff Caplan’s Afternoon News on KSL NewsRadio. Follow him on Facebook and X. 

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Jeff Caplan’s Minute of News: Zebras on the Loose!