Virginia State Police are searching for a 13-year-old boy who appears to have run away from home. But he didn't go alone--Wyatt McLaughlin took a pickup truck and four-horse trailer, two horses, and the family dog.

According to the Richmond Times-Dispatch, Wyatt went missing from his home between 9 and 10 a.m. Wednesday. Investigators believe he loaded the trailer with the horses, food, extra propane tanks, clothing, and his dog.

They don't know which way he went, and there's no word on why.

Here's a photo of Wyatt and the truck/trailer. Police are asking anyone with information about Wyatt's whereabouts to call Virginia State Police at 800/552-9965.

I'll watch for updates on this one.

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Now, Atlanta folks: what's with the Zebras?

One of the first posts on this blog ("Do You Have a Permit for that Zebra?") concerned two unlicensed Zebras residing in the Atlanta area.

But there's another famous striped resident of The Big Peach: a Zebra called "Evidence."

This striped charmer got his moniker when he was found injured on I-75 April 8 of last year. Estimated to be 2 or 3 months old at the time, investigators postulated that he fell from a truck before being hit by a car.

He underwent surgery at Auburn University to repair his pelvis, and has since resided at Noah's Ark Animal Rehabilitation Center.  

No one ever claimed him. (But this story has way more great details to it if you want some Friday afternoon reading material--just google [Evidence Zebra].)

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution tells us that, what with his big anniversary coming up, the folks at Noah's Ark are throwing a party for Evidence tomorrow (April 4) from noon to 3 p.m.

Guests are asked to dress in black and white.


One more story to update: more horse tail thefts, this time in Michigan. (Original post on this is the second story here.)

According to a report from LivingstonDaily.com, a Putnam Township horse owner reported to police that his horses' tails had been cut short, and their manes thinned, but not completely cut. Now that's really weird.