A Polish man is in trouble. The story involves a horse or horses, one of which was found hitched the front axle of his van. Beyond that, the details depend on whom you ask.

The Daily Mail version goes like this: 55-year-old lumberjack Leszek Stepien (who might have had a nip of vodka--an officer said he was at twice the legal limit), loaded a stallion and a mare into the back of his son's van to take them home. At some point during the journey, the stallion got loose and attempted to mount the mare. She objected.

In the confusion, Stepien hit a roadside barrier and tipped the van. He then hitched the stallion to the front of the vehicle and was attempting to right the vehicle when firefighters arrived.

In the Horse and Hound version, the van broke down and Stepien (now a farmer and 7 years older) attempted to use the stallion to tow it to a garage. However, he steered the horse into the path of an oncoming vehicle, which tipped the van.

Horse and Hound reported, "When police arrived, an undeterred Stepien was standing in the road berating his horse for causing the accident, yelling, 'This is all your fault.' "

In both versions an officer at the scene is quoted as saying the horse(s) was/were uninjured and Stepien will face charges of animal cruelty and drunken driving.

Either way, the horse looks rather bemused. See the photos.  


Georgia State University might want to consider changing its mascot from a panther to a Zebra.

A startled Zebra broke loose from training at the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus last week and galloped through downtown Atlanta in the middle of rush hour.

The Zebra, named Lima, sustained some hoof injuries and was examined at the University of Georgia's College of Veterinary Medicine. It was unclear if he'd be rejoining the circus for their Raleigh performances, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

This is far from the city's first encounter with striped equids.

In December 2008 two Zebra were removed from a farm outside Atlanta after one--named Barcode--was found wandering the halls of a campus building at Emory University as part of a year-end prank. Read more.  

In April 2008 a Zebra foal later named Evidence was found on I-75. 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. Read more.