By on December 4, 2015

Little Donkey in a Big Ford P71

If you ever wondered whether you could transport a donkey in the back of a Ford Crown Victoria, the Norman Police Department have your answer.

Norman, Oklahoma police Officer Kyle Canaan happened upon a miniature donkey wandering around the 8100 block of of 120th Avenue NE on the morning of December 1, following up on a report from a woman who called in the sighting, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution says.

Wanting to keep the donkey from being hit by traffic, Canaan used feed to lure the animal off the road, then pushed and pulled the little donkey into the back seat of his P71. As the photo from Norman PD can tell you, animals of the donkey’s size can fit comfortably in the back.

Though the donkey was nicknamed Squishy by the local police, his name was revealed December 3 to be Cruz, the name given by his owner who came to retrieve him. According to the Tulsa World, owner Matt Spalding, a chiropractor in Norman, came home Tuesday evening to find Cruz had gone missing, likely escaping underneath the electric wire fence on his property. Spalding says Cruz is a retired basketball donkey, brought to charity basketball games for people to ride upon.

Cruz also became a social media darling during the past few days after his photo was posted to Norman PD’s Facebook page, as Oklahoma City ABC affiliate KOCO-TV said in the below video:

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