CHP chases unicorn through Central Valley

February 26, 2016

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California Highway Patrol officers chased a white pony masquerading as a unicorn for several hours Wednesday in the Central Valley. The pony darted in and out of traffic and hid from officers, who ultimately needed the help of a helicopter with a heat seeking radar to track down the white horse. [KTVU]

The pony was outfitted with a single horn and pink bridle for a child’s birthday party in Madera. Around 2:30 p.m., it darted away from a child. It was recaptured shortly later, though.

Around 5:30 p.m., the pony escaped again. It then ran onto roadways and was seen running in and out of traffic on Avenue 12 between Road 33 and Road 35.

Some motorist were quite sure they had seen a unicorn, according to the CHP. Others were hesitant to report the horse as a unicorn.

After nightfall, the pony hid from officers. The CHP finally located the animal using a helicopter with a heat seeking FLIR radar.

A nearby resident then used her horse to help officers approach and capture the pony.

Officers returned the pony to its owner unharmed. Authorities did not issue any citations.

Madera CHP PIO Joshua McConnell said it would have been a different story had the pony been hit by a car.

“The business or owner providing the pony would have been financially liable for all injuries, property damages and other costs, which would have been significant,” McConnell said.

Animals running onto roadways cause a significant number of traffic accidents. Had the pony been hit by a car, the driver, passengers and pony could have been seriously injured or killed, McConnell said.

The frisky pony was between 500 and 600 pounds.


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7 Comments

  1. shelworth says:

    Is it me, or does that pony look more like 200-300 lbs, not 500-600?

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  2. achillesheal says:

    Is the pony’s owner going to reimburse taxpayers for this rescue which likely cost into the 10s of thousands?

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  3. Ted Slanders says:

    If only our Savior would return soon, and not be holding out as He has done for the last 2016 years and counting, there would be no need for ASH or any other mental institutions.

    “So his fame spread throughout all Syria, and they brought him all the sick, those afflicted with various diseases and pains, those oppressed by demons, epileptics, and paralytics, and he healed them.” (Matthew 4:24)

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  4. Ted Slanders says:

    As all true Christians realize, this is not a laughing matter because unicorns existed within the scriptures; “And the unicorns shall come down with them, and the bullocks with the bulls; and their land shall be soaked with blood, and their dust made fat with fatness.” ( Isaiah 34:7)

    The passage above proves that they do exist. Therefore, please don’t laugh at this story and our Bronze Age Christian faith.

    Thank you.

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  5. Pelican1 says:

    Adam?????

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  6. sand_runner says:

    These CHP folks who spent hours chasing a mini unicorn because “After nightfall, the unicorn hid from officers.” should get together with the cops who had the 12 hour standoff with an empty hotel room. They could go on a weekend snipe hunting team building exercise. Bahahaha
    Truth stranger than fiction!

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