updated 7/14/2007 11:50:40 AM ET 2007-07-14T15:50:40

An 18-year-old man was arrested Friday and accused of killing a zebra named Zambi in a drive-by shooting.

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Zambi was shot dead July 5 as he grazed in a pasture at HiView Farms outside of Waxahachie, about 30 miles from Dallas, said Lt. Kevin Ketchum of the Ellis County Sheriff's Office. The farm is also home to camels, llamas and ring-tailed lemurs.

The owner of the farm was outside working at the time of the shooting, Ketchum told The Dallas Morning News.

Joshua Romano and four friends were swimming in a creek but had to leave because of rain. They spotted the zebra as they were driving down a road near the farm. That's when Romano pulled out a deer rifle and shot Zambi dead, Ketchum said. The animal was worth about $10,000.

Romano's friends tried to prevent him from shooting the zebra, and the driver sped up to make the shooting more difficult, Ketchum said.

No phone listing for Romano could be found.

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