A ram took a wrong turn and wound up orchestrating a three-hour police “chase” in Richmond Wednesday morning.
Rambo, as he’s being called, had been wandering around the intersection of No. 5 and Williams roads for two hours when animal control officer Shane Burnham made it to the scene around 10:30 a.m.
He recalls four police cars tracking Rambo — who they’d been trying to capture since getting the bizarre call around 8:15 a.m., according to Burnham.
“It was a bizarre scene, seeing an animal running down the road,” said Burnham.
“The cops did a good job. They made sure it didn’t cause an accident or anything.”
The concern, when a big-horned animal such as a ram is loose, is that it may harm a person or collide with a vehicle, added Burnham.
But Rambo was having a good ol’ time jig-jogging around his new territory, with little interest in charging into children or causing property damage.
He skipped down the road, while about six policemen and Burnham closed ground to about 20 feet away. Then he made it to Mylora Golf Course.
And after roaming around the site, he jumped back into Williams Road traffic, before wandering down one sidewalk, and then another.
Rambo later hunkered down, apparently exhausted from directing the chase.
He then walked into someone’s backyard in the 9600 block of Seacote Road where he was barricaded in by a police cruiser.
At that point, Burnham was able to hook his animal control noose over the ram’s head while police officers used what he called “arresting techniques” to rope the animal’s legs together and move it into the animal control vehicle.
The adventure was over at around 11:30 a.m.
RAPS staff aren’t sure where Rambo came from, but say that the animal was tagged by a previous owner.
Rams aren’t on their list of pet-care guidelines, but the likely plan is to follow the stray dog procedure of waiting seven days to allow an owner to claim their animal.
Meanwhile, RAPS have fixed Rambo up with a pen and a bale of hay, and report that he seems friendly and content.
Cpl. Sherrdean Turley said police weren’t chasing the ram, but were, however, trying to “corral it.”
“Animals in these circumstances are extremely stressed and are very unpredictable.
“Our goal was to ensure its safety as well as the safety of everyone else in the area.”