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Police track down escaped "unicorn" in California

MADERA, Calif. -- A California Highway Patrol helicopter tracked down an escaped "unicorn" on Wednesday, CBS Sacramento station KOVR-TV reports.

Officers were called out when the less-than-mythological white pony with a fake horn escaped twice from a children's birthday party. It was captured shortly after its first escape, but it darted out on the road again at around 5:30 p.m.

A Madera resident with another horse on her property helped officers approach and finally capture it.

The California Highway Patrol tracked down an escaped pony wearing a unicorn horn in Madera Feb. 24, 2016.
The California Highway Patrol tracked down an escaped pony wearing a unicorn horn in Madera Feb. 24, 2016. KOVR-TV

CHP officers were concerned the roughly 500-pound animal's size would do serious damage to a vehicle that hit it, possibly resulting in the death of anyone inside, or if a vehicle swerved off the road to avoid it.

No citations were issued.

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