Eight donkeys were kept in prison for four days after they chomped on some expensive plants.The cheeky chaps were originally detained for allegedly eating thousands of pounds worth of plants that were supposed to go outside the Urai Jail in the Jalaun district of the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh.
They had reportedly munched their way through 500,000 Indian ruppees (around £5,800) worth of plants left outside.
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The prison’s head officer R.K. Mishra told Indian media: ‘These donkeys had destroyed some very expensive plants which our senior officer had arranged for planting inside jail.
‘Despite warnings the owner let loose his animals so we detained the donkeys.’
But they did not inform the donkeys’ owner, named only as Kamlesh, what had happened to his livestock and he was not present to see the animals being apprehended.
Kamlesh spent several hours frantically searching for the donkeys before being tipped off as to their whereabouts, Indian press claims.
When he approached jail bosses about his detained donkeys, they refused to let them go.
It was only after he enlisted the help of local politician Shakti Gahoi, who came to the jail to speak on his behalf, that the donkeys were released.
The animals were thought to be no worse off for their four days spent in detention.
Urai jail superintendent Sita Ram Sharma told the Times of India: ‘There is no such law wherein we can arrest donkeys.
These donkeys had, on many occasions, caused road mishaps in the area, Sharma claimed.