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Searcy man still in hospital after zebra attack

by Danielle Kloap | March 17, 2015 at 10:11 a.m. | Updated March 17, 2015 at 3:01 p.m.

A Searcy man is still at a Little Rock hospital in serious condition after a zebra attacked him Sunday night, police say.

Officers were called to the White County Medical Center about a man who had been attacked by his own zebra, Searcy Police Department spokesman Cpl. Steve Hernandez said.

Hernandez later said in an email that a neighbor clarified that the victim does not own the zebra, his father does.

"It was explained to the Searcy Police Department that the victim was the owner by [White County Medical Center] when they reported it to us," Hernandez said. "I can understand where the confusion would have happened with what was taking place at the hospital."

The man had already been transported to the UAMS Medical Center in Little Rock by the time police arrived, Hernandez said.

Hernandez said the man is still at the hospital, and reports list him in serious condition.

Hernandez said earlier that officers wouldn't take action when it was thought that the man owned the zebra.

"If this would have been someone else's zebra that attacked him, there would be more to it," Hernandez said.

The man could file a report against his father but police won't pursue any charges, Hernandez said.

Hernandez said he talked to the animal control officer and checked Searcy's city ordinances and found that the zebra was allowed in city limits because it is categorized the same as a horse, not as an exotic animal.

The man didn't indicate what caused the animal to attack him, Hernandez said.

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