Arkansas Judge Mauled by Family's Pet Zebra

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An Arkansas judge remained in a Little Rock hospital Tuesday after he was attacked by his family's pet zebra, authorities said.

The man was attacked Sunday night by a zebra owned by his father, a Searcy police spokesman said. The Daily Citizen newspaper of Searcy, in White County northeast of Little Rock, identified the man as state District Judge Mike Derrick. The court clerk's office confirmed to The Associated Press that Derrick sustained injuries to an eye and an arm. His condition wasn't available Tuesday.

Authorities wouldn't discuss details of the attack — including any explanation for why a family happened to own and maintain a zebra on private property. Police said they were pursuing no action because the incident appeared to be an accident involving an animal legally owned by Derrick's family.


— M. Alex Johnson