by: JJ Burton Updated:
MUSKOGEE, Okla. - Quick Facts:
- Man doing yard work had portion of nipple bitten off
- Zebra owned by woman 10 years
- Owner says no problems until now
The city of Muskogee is making a woman get rid of her pet zebra because it bit off a piece of a man’s nipple.
The victim is doing well. He told FOX23 he’s still a little sore.
FOX23 learned the owner still has the zebra. He’s locked in the stables because of the incident. The owner has had him for 10 years.
Animal control officers say it wasn’t a call they were expecting.
“I was traumatized,” said Leonard Overcash, the victim.
Overcash was working in a yard and went to the back to help his coworker with the weeds. He said the zebra, which was in the field on the other side of the fence, attacked him.
“He was just staring, you know just looking, and he just put his head over the fence and bit me,” said Overcash.
He said it bit off a piece of his right nipple. He had to get seven stitches.
The owner has had the zebra since it was a baby. FOX23 asked people in the neighborhood if they’ve ever had issues with it, and they all say no. The zebra’s been good.
FOX23 learned that exotic animals are not allowed within Muskogee city limits.
City officials said that has been a law for years. But the owner said she never knew that. In fact she said when she first got the zebra she asked if she needed a permit for it and was told no.
The city is making the owner get rid of the zebra now, because of this incident.
Overcash said he’s doing much better and he’s back at work.
“It hurt. It was very severe. It was very traumatizing,” he said.
The owner has agreed to pay for all of Overcash’s medical bills. She has 30 days to find a new home for the zebra. She’s says that won’t be easy.