Three inept thieves in Colombia had to abandon a robbery on finding the meaning of the phrase “as stubborn as a mule”.
The men robbed a grocery shop in the town of Juan de Acosta, taking rum, oil, rice and cans of tuna.
A local TV station reported that they’d already stolen a donkey to use as their “getaway vehicle”.
But the beast, named Xavi, refused to co-operate and brayed so loudly that police went to investigate.
The thieves were forced to abandon the donkey — and the booty — in order to escape.
But it was Xavi who ended up in the cells — he had to spend 12hr at the police station, until his owner came to collect him.
This news story was first published in the current issue of Horse & Hound (31 January, 2013)