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Donkey safely captured in Plymouth Twp.

Sarah Rahal
The Detroit News
The mule was seen on Napier walking north of Ford towards Warren Avenue.

A donkey that escaped from its pen roamed Plymouth Township on Wednesday before police safely capture it. 

Police reported multiple sightings of the animal snarling traffic on Ann Arbor Road near Beck, where police  dispatched at 3:30 p.m. 

It took officers about two hours to corner the animal into a nearby neighborhood and get it safely lasso it, Lt. Daniel Kudra said. 

"We were able to corral it with no injuries to the mule, officers or bystanders," Kudra said. "It took about two hours. The mule was not aggressive but it didn't want anyone to come near it."

Kudra said the donkey, named Rickey, escaped from it's pen Wednesday and his owner came to the scene to retrieve him. 

"His owner did come out and arranged for him to be picked up in a trailer to be taken back home safe," Kudra said. 

Kudra said many of the 911 calls were panicked residents who thought they saw a pony in their yard. 

"A lot of the phone calls that we got was that the mule was running in or out of traffic," he said. "It's not something you see everyday in Plymouth Township, so we got a lot of calls. We eventually did get it corralled with the help of eight to 10 residents."

Plymouth Township Supervisor Kurt Heise shared the news on Facebook on Wednesday.