The animals had slipped through a hole in a fence in their enclosure at the petting zoo, and made a run for it, according to zoo officials.
The escapees included nine sheep, two donkeys, one llama, a pony and a dwarf bull.
And it was apparently every animal for itself as they all ran in different directions. The llama was spotted in a park, while the pony and donkeys made it into someone’s back courtyard. Other animals wandered onto a playground.
Photos of the animals’ excursion showed their frantic fleeing on social media.
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It took seven police officers and a 15-head search team from the petting zoo to finally round up the rowdy deserters, none of whom were harmed.
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“The animals thought that it would certainly be quite exciting to explore the city on their own,” police wrote on Facebook.