February 28, 2024

MARION, Ind. (AP) — A truck hauling zebras and camels for a collection of weekend circus performances caught fireplace early Saturday on a northeastern Indiana freeway, prompting a police rescue of the animals, which roamed alongside the freeway, some munching on grass.

The tractor-trailer caught fireplace about 2 a.m. alongside Interstate 69 in Grant County and a state trooper, a Grant County Sheriff’s deputy and a 3rd individual rescued the 5 zebras, 4 camels and a miniature horse by main them off the smoked-filled trailer, mentioned Sgt. Steven Glass with Indiana State Police.

Each officers have been handled at a hospital for smoke inhalation and later launched, however none the animals have been injured, he mentioned. The truck driver, a 57-year-old Sarasota, Florida, man, was not injured. All northbound lanes of I-69 have been closed till about 6:30 a.m. as soon as the world was cleaned up and the animals have been taken away by one other truck.

The Grant County Sheriff’s Workplace posted pictures and movies on Fb of camels strolling on the freeway and later standing alongside its shoulder and its median with zebras and regulation enforcement officers. The posting included the message, “No hurt to our furry buddies.”

One video reveals a number of the zebras munching on grass in a surreal scene a number of miles east of town of Marion, positioned about 60 miles (97 kilometers) northeast of Indianapolis.

“It’s not one thing we see daily,” mentioned Deputy Brent Ressett with the Grant County Sheriff’s Workplace.

The truck was bringing the animals from Florida to Fort Wayne for 4 weekend circus performances within the northeastern Indiana metropolis benefitting the Mizpah Shrine Circus, mentioned Steve Trump, its circus director.

He mentioned the performances are annual fundraisers for the Mizpah Shrine Circus to assist pay for the maintenance of the Shrine Middle in Fort Wayne to “permit us to make use of our different fundraisers for what we’re identified finest for, caring for children.”