In what may yet turn out to be a 'copycat incident', police say that a donkey has been found stuffed into a wheelie bin in the same area of Coventry in which cat-dumper Mary Bale lives, sparking speculation that she may have been at it again.
The donkey, known to locals as Neddy, was discovered when his owner called him in for a bath, and he didn't come. Gerald Rawkins, 158, decided to check, on the off-chance, that Neddy hadn't been dumped in his wheelie bin, as had Lola the cat just days before. He had, and what's more, he had a trumpet protruding from his bottom!
Mr Rawkins says he played a little tune on the trumpet by blowing in the end that wasn't in Neddy's bottom, then removed it slowly and painfully. He told me:
"Neddy brayed a bit, but he's OK now. We cleaned the horn-thing up, and we're going to try to sell it at the Car Boot Sale on Sunday!"
West Midlands Police say they have nothing, at the moment, to connect this latest incident with Mrs Bale, but are checking under her fingernails, CSI-style, for donkey hairs.