The mystery of the wandering zebra has been solved. Sharon McConough, who lives in the Ranger Creek area east of Fort Gibson Dam, was startled on Friday when she spotted a zebra trotting on her driveway. She took a photo of the animal to prove she wasn't seeing things.
Turns out the zebra, whose name is Norman, is the pet of Amy Saxon, who has a lake house in the area and raises Arabian horses. Nobody is sure how he escaped.
Saxon began driving around looking for him after she discovered he was gone, said Cindy Elsey, whose husband, Steve Elsey, helps take care of Saxon's animals.
"We go 'whoop, whoop, whoop' and he comes," Cindy Elsey said. "Norman's a mama's boy. When he hears Amy's voice he starts coming and honking. He loves his mama."
Norman returned from his adventure with only a few scratches.
"The zebra is like a spoiled brat," Cindy Elsey said. "I don't think he knows he's a zebra."
She said Norman is Saxon's "baby."
"He goes everywhere she goes, except to Arabian shows, because he's such a distraction," she said.
One of Saxon's trainers had zebras, and she bought Norman before he was born.
"When he was a baby, we used to let him come in the house," Elsey said. "He liked to nudge things, pick them up and put them down. He's always messing with things."