ONEONTA, Ala. (CBS Atlanta/AP) — Authorities are trying to find out who shot two pet zebras to death on a farm in the Oneonta area northeast of Birmingham.

Cindy and Blake Sherrod tell that their son found the two zebras dead with holes in and bleeding from the mouth. The couple isn’t certain when the zebras were shot, but they say the animals were fine as of Thursday afternoon.

“It’s amazing to me why somebody would want to do that,” Blake Sherrod said. “I don’t understand it.”

The family has had several zebras on the farm since 2000 after acquiring the original pair.

“People in the area like to bring their kids by to look at them,” Blake Sherrod told “It’s gotten to be something that people really enjoy in the area.”

Few other details were immediately available Saturday afternoon.

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