Indiana police rescued five zebras, four camels and one miniature horse from the blaze — before corralling the wandering menagerie from the interstate.
Stuart the zebra was “exploring, running and chasing the impalas” in the zoo’s Impala Plains habitat when the tragedy occurred.
A sheriff’s deputy killed the animal after it continued to charge at first responders.
A plot to capture the runaway animals will require two more zebras.
“My alibi is solid," said the Democratic lawmaker. “I hope the owners find the zebras and that all involved live long, full lives."
“I thought my mind was playing tricks on me,” said one puzzled resident.
Zebra snouts are typically blacker than those of donkeys, and their ears are shorter.