Troup County deputies are searching for the man seen hitting a zebra in the face in a Snapchat video.
Photo: Troup County Sheriff's Office
Photo: Troup County Sheriff's Office

Deputies search for man seen on Snapchat slapping zebra at Georgia animal park

Authorities are searching for a Pine Mountain Wild Animal Safari visitor who slapped a zebra in the face and posted video of it to Snapchat.

The Troup County Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for help identifying the alleged animal abuser, whose Snapchat account is named “Yungmal_15.”

“So apparently a recent visitor to the Pine Mountain Wild Animal Safari thought it would be funny during the tour to smack a friendly zebra in the face after he rolled the window down and the animal put their head in the car to say hello,” the sheriff’s office said in a Monday afternoon Facebook post.

The sheriff’s office provided screenshots of the video, which show the visitor’s face. While authorities have not confirmed the man’s identity, his Snapchat account name matches the social media accounts of Atlanta rapper Yung Mal.

The Snapchat account is private, but the video, which contains an expletive, has been posted elsewhere on social media. The rapper retweeted a post Friday that linked to the video, which has more than 1.8 million views on Twitter. The post asked whether he’s the person seen slapping the zebra.


So apparently a recent visitor to the Pine Mountain Wild Animal Safari thought it would be funny during the tour to...

Posted by Troup County Sheriff's Office on Monday, June 29, 2020

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact the sheriff’s office at 706-883-1616 or Crime Stoppers at 706-812-1000.

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