NORMAN, Okla. (Dec. 4, 2015) – The miniature donkey that grabbed the national spotlight after getting a ride in a police car is now back with his owner.
The donkey belongs to Dr. Matt Spaulding, a chiropractor in Norman, Okla., according to KFOR. Spaulding said he noticed the donkey, “Cruz,” was missing when he got home from work Tuesday night.
He was a relieved to learn a neighbor found him wandering and got him away from a busy highway. The responding police officer, Kyle Canaan, managed to put the donkey in his squad car. He and the neighbor nicknamed the animal “Squishy.”
"I don't know how they got him in there," Spaulding said. "That's why they say they called him Squishy. They squished him up in there."
Spaulding believes Cruz, a retired basketball donkey players would ride during games, escaped by going underneath an electric wire fence. He said he’s grateful someone saved Cruz and snapped a photo that made the donkey world famous.