What's black and white and read all over?
Two zebras brought the old joke to life this weekend when they ran rampant through the streets of Carmichael, attracting the attention of media from Sacramento to Australia.
The zebras are safe now in Bly, Ore., in the care of owner Michael Mastagni.
"They're fine," Mastagni said by phone Sunday afternoon while feeding the zebras on his ranch. "I'm sure they're happy not to be in downtown Carmichael anymore."
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Spooked by dogs, the excitable equids escaped around 6 p.m. Saturday and led police and workers from Mastagni's operation on a chase for the next five hours, taking bystanders by surprise.
"I just saw a ZEBRA galloping down Fair Oaks Blvd.!" user HistoryGeek posted on his Twitter account.
"Seen a zebra walking around town with police following it," wrote Twitter user Jetup. "Nice."
Sacramento County sheriff's deputies helped round up the zebras. Spokesman Tim Curran said media from across the nation picked up the story.
"This is the first one I've had in quite some time that made national news," Curran said.
After escaping, the errant zebras ran in opposite directions. The one going south was caught. The other, going north, eventually was cornered and held in a makeshift pen with rope and chicken wire. By 11 p.m., sheriff's deputies and Mastagni's employees had coaxed it into a trailer for the trip north.
By Sunday, all seven of Mastagni's zebras had been moved from his hometown of Carmichael to the Oregon ranch.
Mastagni, 26, runs the Michael Mastagni Mule Co., which supplies pack and riding animals to buyers that include national parks, outfitters and private parties.
He sells mules, horses and zebras, making his living primarily on mules. "The zebras are more of a passion," he said.
Mastagni said that when he was young, he met an old man in Placerville who had a small herd of zebras.
"I made my mind up that I wanted some," Mastagni said.
His herd of zebras includes four mares and a stud. He breeds them, trains the offspring and sells them to people who "want something that's a little out of the ordinary," he said.
"Some owners just like them for ambience," Mastagni said. "Some actually do drive them or hitch them up."
Mastagni said he sold a zebra in Sacramento last year. He also sold one to a man in Dubai, who complained that his region had no zebras "that were at all domestic," Mastagni said.
Only a few businesses offer what he does, Mastagni said.
"It certainly is a niche market," he said.