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Mule lassoed after run through Arkansas city

A mule was lassoed in Arkansas after running loose through a city. Photo by Capri23auto/Pixabay.com
A mule was lassoed in Arkansas after running loose through a city. Photo by Capri23auto/Pixabay.com

April 1 (UPI) -- A mule escaped from its home in Arkansas and went for a run through a city before being lassoed near city hall.

Rickey Burke, Decatur animal control officer, said he received a call from the city's dispatch system alerting him to a mule running loose along Arkansas 59, near Decatur City Hall.

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"The guys from the water department asked me how big the dog box on my truck was," Burke told the Eagle Observer. "They told me that they had a pretty big animal running loose near city hall. When I saw the mule, I knew that the box would not work."

The mule's owner, Shane Walkingstick, contacted wranglers Melissa Graves-Funk and Kaitlyn Funk for help capturing the animal after it escaped from its corral on his property.

The trio, joined by Burke, managed to corner the mule in a fenced-in area, but the animal remained elusive and resisted being restrained. A bystander managed to get a lasso around its neck, but the mule slipped free of the rope moments later.

Rodney Graves, Graves-Funk's brother, arrived with his fiance Jennifer Rumsey, two horses and a trailer. The pair mounted their horses and Rumsey, owner of the Luca-Don Equestrian Center in Gentry, was able to rope the mule.

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The mule was loaded into the trailer and taken to Graves' home, where the animal and Walkingstick's second mule will be calmed and trained before returning home.

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