Two zebras escaped from a circus and went running through the streets of Philadelphia before they were recaptured.

Police soon caught zebras on the run from Philadelphia circus.

Police soon caught zebras on the run from Philadelphia circus. Image by Marieke IJsendoorn-Kuijpers / CC BY 2.0

The two animals somehow fled the UniverSoul Circus outside the Mann Centre for the Performing Arts in west Philadelphia at about 2pm local time on Sunday.

A circus spokesman told The Philadelphia Inquirer that the animals “briefly went on the loose”. No injuries were reported.

Witnesses used social media to post photos and video footage of the animals running through the streets before police confirmed their recapture at about 3pm.

“Zebras in custody,” police said on their Twitter account. “They are already sporting old-timey prisoner getup ahead of trial and sentencing. Have faith, fellas.”

Last month, a circus trapeze artist at the UniverSoul Circus show fell into the crowd during a performance in Philadelphia.

The 19-year-old performer fell about 30 feet from his apparatus on October 31 and landed in the crowd.

A witness told The Philadelphia Inquirer that he bounced off a safety net and then landed among the spectators, but no injuries were reported to anyone in the crowd.

Circus officials said the performer was expected to make a full recovery from a lower back injury.

(Press Association)