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Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton clarifies that she did not release multiple zebras into DC suburbs

Washington, D.C. delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton raised more questions than she answered after releasing a statement denying she set free the five zebras who have been on the run in Prince George's County, Maryland, The Washingtonian reports.

"Local news has reported that the zebras were let loose on Saturday or Sunday of last weekend, a period of time during which I was enjoying quiet time at home with family," Norton wrote in her statement. She said her "alibi is solid," but given her years of fighting for D.C. statehood, as well as her "recent opposition to fences," she understands why some may have thought she was involved. It is unclear whether or not official allegations were made against her. Early this year, Norton introduced legislation "to make sure no permanent fencing" remained around the Capitol building following the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, per the Washingtonian.

"I hope the owners find the zebras and that all involved live long, full lives," Norton concluded. 

The zebras — still on the loose — have yet to comment.