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Animal antics: Donkey on the run in same town that dealt with runaway steer

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A donkey passes a car on Route 6 in Johnston, Sunday, June 6, 2021. (Photo: Chime in)

JOHNSTON, R.I. (WJAR) — First it was turkeys. Then a steer. Now, a donkey is causing commotion in one Rhode Island town.

Video captured and uploaded through Chime In shows a donkey running down Route 6 in the town of Johnston as cars whizzed past.

“Here we go again,” Mayor Joseph Polisena told WPRO radio Monday morning, saying he was concerned that the donkey might cause a car crash.

Police said the donkey was seen around 7 p.m. Sunday near the town line with Scituate.

The donkey, or mule, came close to cars and eventually ran down a side street toward a neighborhood.

They said it was spotted again at about 8:30 p.m., but it was gone by the time officers responded, Chief Joseph Razza said.

Police said animal control officers would make checks in the west end of town throughout the day.

It's not the first time Johnston has attracted attention for animal antics.

Three years ago, three wild turkeys disrupted traffic and intimidated drivers in the center of town.

And earlier this year, a 1,500-pound steer escaped a slaughterhouse and roamed free for months. It was captured in March and returned to a Connecticut farm.

No one has reported a missing donkey, but Polisena said there are several farms in the area.

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