Apples — that’s what it took to get Pedro the burro, or miniature donkey, to finally calm down and move away from the busy Federal Hill Road in Street Monday afternoon.
Early that afternoon, Maryland State Police were called to the 4300 block of Federal Hill Road for a report of a “donkey in the roadway and refusing to move (yes, you read that correctly),” according to Harford Fire Blog.
Brian Anders was heading from work in Pylesville to home in Whiteford when he saw a girl trying to chase what he thought was a donkey with a dog leash on the side of the road.
“I was on my way home and I almost hit it, that’s why I stopped,” Anders said.
He was one of six to 10 people — a Maryland State Police trooper, a Harford County Sheriff’s Office deputy and cadet, two animal control officers, school bus drivers and several others — who stopped that afternoon to help corral Pedro. He had escaped when the fence at his home was knocked over by the wind, said Chris Sluss, whose mother owns the almost 2-year-old miniature donkey.