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Police body camera footage shows officers pulling a zebra and other circus animals from a semi-truck that burst into flames along Interstate 69 in Indiana.

The bizarre scene happened around 2 a.m. Saturday along the Grant County Expressway between Indianapolis and Fort Wayne. The Grant County Sheriff’s Office said one of its officers was patrolling the area when he “observed a 2012 Volvo semi-truck and the cab of a trailer engulfed in flames.”

“Officer Edward Titus, Deputy Joshua Kennedy, and members of the Shrine Circus rescued five zebras, four camels, and a miniature horse,” the department said in a statement. The driver of the vehicle escaped safely. vehicle. “Additional officers on scene were able to secure all animals until another Shrine Circus truck arrived.”

The video, taken from a sergeant’s body camera at the scene, begins with footage of numerous zebras and camels standing near the shoulder of Interstate 69.

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On Saturday, January 29, police officers were seen helping to pull a zebra out of a burning truck along Interstate 69 in Indiana. (Grant County Sheriff’s Office/Local News X/TMX)

As officers approached the burning truck, they heard commotion as another officer tried to pull the zebra out from inside.

“Come on, kid!” a zebra can be heard yelling before jumping out of the truck and down the ramp.

Another zebra is then pulled out of the back of the truck.

“Let’s go, come on!” the voice says. “Everyone go home.”

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Camels and zebras stand on the shoulder of Interstate 69 in Indiana

Nearly a dozen animals rescued from the burning truck were unharmed, the Grant County Sheriff’s Office said. (Grant County Sheriff’s Office/Local News X/TMX)

The Grant County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement that the fire was eventually extinguished and that “a preliminary accident investigation conducted by Officer James Wilkison determined that the cause of the fire was equipment failure.”

Titus and Kennedy were treated at a local hospital for smoke inhalation and released, but the truck driver and all animals were unharmed, the sheriff’s office added.

Zebra on the side of a highway in Indiana

A zebra rescued from a burning truck was spotted along Interstate 69 early Saturday morning. (Grant County Sheriff’s Office, via AP)

Makeshift barricades prevented the animals from roaming the highway. All northbound lanes of Interstate 69 were closed until approximately 6:30 a.m. local time.

The animals were brought in from Florida to perform in a series of shows in Fort Wayne, according to the Associated Press. A second truck then arrived to pick up the animal.

Multiple law enforcement agencies participated in the rescue.

Police with rescued camel

Animals were seen being rescued by emergency crews after a truck fire broke out early Saturday morning near Marion, Indiana. (Grant County Sheriff’s Office, via AP)

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“Officer Kennedy, Officer Titus, Sergeant Meeks, and the driver risked their lives to save these animals,” the Grant County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement. “I am so proud of everyone who participated in this event.”

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