‘Aggressive’ donkey captured after short-lived freedom in Mt. Juliet

Clarence the Donkey safe at home after his great escape. (Photo: WKRN)


MT. JULIET, Tenn. (WKRN) — Mt. Juliet police were on the lookout for an unusual suspect Tuesday night: an aggressive donkey named Clarence.

The department took to Twitter to warn residents about the donkey around 8:50 p.m. They said it was on the loose from a farm at West Division and Main streets.

Officials released the call the owner made to dispatch when Clarence went missing. He was reportedly aggressive due to a new mare being brought onto the farm.

“There’s, um, a new mare that just got brought home yesterday,” the owner is heard saying. “The big thing is don’t try and catch him, and don’t try and approach him or anything.”

Listen to the full dispatch audio in the clip at the top of this page.

“Donkeys are generally calm. However, the owner stated that it was extremely aggressive due to it being breeding season, and there is a female donkey on the farm,” Lt. Tyler Chandler told News 2.

The owner advised no one should approach the animal.

Clarence was captured just before 9 p.m. and taken home, according to Wilson County EMA and Mt. Juliet police.

Police told News 2 their initial tweet received the most favorites and retweets they’ve yet to see.

They later updated their Twitter, saying they’re happy Clarence was home and “now famous.”

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