Ram on the Lam: Escaped Sheep Captured in Iowa

December 1, 2012 - 3:33 AM

Roaming Ram

Workers at the central power plant for the Capitol complex in Des Moines, Iowa, tackle a wayward Navajo-Churro ram, Friday, Nov. 30, 2012. A Navajo-Churro ram, being transported from Creston to Cedar Rapids, Iowa, jumped out of its trailer near the Iowa Capitol Friday morning leading capitol workers, Animal Rescue League officials, Capitol troopers, Des Moines Police and Animal Control officers on an hour-long chase around the capitol complex until it was caught by contractors and others at the central power plant south of the Capitol Building. (AP Photo/The Des Moines Register, Rodney White) NO SALES; TV OUT; MAGS OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A shaggy brown sheep successfully dodged police, his handlers and a few cars while trotting through downtown Des Moines after escaping from his trailer.

But the ram's freedom only lasted about an hour Friday before he was cornered and tackled by about a half dozen of his pursuers.

The Navajo-Churro ram jumped from a trailer near the Iowa Capitol on Friday morning. He led police, Animal Rescue League officials and some Capitol workers on a chase.

Video from KCCI-TV shows the animal strolling along downtown sidewalks and streets, resembling a wooly ball of hair bouncing on tiny legs and picking up speed when someone gets too close.

Authorities say the ram was being taken from Creston to Cedar Rapids.