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It’s been sweltering in Atlanta, Georgia, so it’s no wonder Vampire Diaries star Nina Dobrev (Elena Gilbert) was a little confused when she saw a zebra on set. She tweeted a picture of her furry friend, writing, “Is that a Zebra on set? Or am I seeing things... #wtfmysticfalls,” and “Meet Elena's new love interest... The youngest Salvatore brother.” While she’s probably kidding about the love interest part, we’ve come up with other solutions as why there’s a striped equid loose in Mystic Falls.

Jeremy (Steven R. McQueen) joins the circus
Fed up with life in Mystic Falls, Jeremy decides to hit the road. Not only did his newly vampirized sister try to bite him, his ex-girlfriend Bonnie (Kat Graham) has been practicing dark magic spells on him. While riding the rails, Jeremy meets up with Chuckles, a mysterious hobo who introduces him to circus life. The young Gilbert’s first job? Training zebras.

Care of magical creatures
Vampire Diaries finally decided to get more supernaturals, and they’re starting with a zebracore. It’s part zebra, part lion, and all beast. It feeds on unicorns and thunder clouds, but if you can unlock its secret, it will let you ride it. Klaus(Joseph Morgan) gives the creature to Caroline (Candice Accola) as a pet, but she gets upset when it eats Tyler’s (Michael Trevino) new unicorn.

Elena’s hungry
Now that she’s a vampire, Elena needs blood. Instead of feasting on people, she decides to stick to the animal diet. (Matt [Zach Roerig] is relieved he won’t have to be her human blood bag.) Unfortunately, she quickly gets bored with rabbits and decides to pursue something a little more exotic. She breaks into the Mystic Falls Zoo, drains a zebra, and leaves a bloody mess for the zookeeper. Watch out, gazelles. You’re next on Elena’s “Must Try” menu. 

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Jenny McGrath is an editor at Wetpaint Entertainment. Follow her on Twitter @wetpaintjenny