JOHNSTON, R.I. (AP) — The same Rhode Island town that had to deal with a runaway steer earlier this year is now investigating reports of a donkey on the loose.
The donkey was first spotted in Johnston at about 7 p.m. Sunday near the town line with Scituate. It was reported again at about 8:30 p.m., but when police arrived at the scene it was gone, Chief Joseph Razza said.
WJAR-TV shared video captured by a motorist that showed the donkey trotting down a street as cars whizzed past. “Here we go again,” Mayor Joseph Polisena told WPRO radio on Monday morning, saying he was concerned that the donkey might cause a car crash.
No one has reported a missing donkey, but Polisena noted that there are several farms in the area. Animal control will patrol the area where the donkey was last seen, he said.
A 1,500-pound steer that escaped on its way to a slaughterhouse spent nearly two months on the lam in Johnston until it was captured in late March.
Three years ago, three wild turkeys intimidated drivers in town.
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