The Cook County Sheriff’s Office reported Thursday April 18, 2019 that a donkey was found by a Cook County Sheriff’s officer in the middle of I-90 near Arlington Heights Road about noon Wednesday April 17, 2019.
The Cook County Sheriff’s Office reported that the donkey escaped a trailer on I-90. The Cook County Sheriff’s deputy or sergeant arrived first and the donkey’s owners arrived on scene a short time later and were able to relocate the donkey named “Dusty” to safety by 12:20 p.m. Wednesday.
“I am in the middle of the expressway with a donkey,” a Cook County Sheriff’s officer can be heard saying on police bodycam audio.
A female Cook County Sheriff’s Deputy found the donkey, and called in to dispatch …
7212 TO DISPATCH: “7212 County, There’s a Donkey in the Middle of I-90”
7212 TO DONKEY: “Come here … come here sweetie.”
7212 TO DISPATCH: “You want to call state or something. Somebody lost there donkey, County.”
COUNTY DISPATCH: “Can you 10-9 (repeat) that? Your radio is cutting out … I-90.”
7212 TO DISPATCH: “I am in the middle of the expressway with a donkey.”
7212 TO DONKEY: “Come on. Come on. Come on [with a sweet voice]. ”
A passerby helped the deputy secure the donkey until the owner arrived, and fortunately it appeared from the video that traffic slowed to a safe speed.
The donkey was assessed by a veterinarian and fortunately did not suffer any injuries.
Don’t Forget it’s Holy Week …
According to the Gospels, Jesus was staying at Bethany and before entering Jerusalem. John 12:1 states that Jesus was in Bethany six days before the passover. Jesus sent two disciples ahead to the nearby village of Bethphage in order to retrieve a donkey. In Matthew, the Gospel documents two animals: a donkey and a colt.
According to the Gospels Matthew, Mark and Luke; Jesus then rode the donkey into Jerusalem. The disciples first put their cloaks on the donkey to make it more comfortable. Matthew 21:7 documents that the disciples laid their cloaks on both animals.
According to the Gospels, Jesus rode in to Jerusalem on a donkey on Palm Sunday. Some Christian theologians believe that the symbolism of the donkey is captured prophetically in the Old Testament: Zechariah 9:9 “The Coming of Zion’s King – See, your king comes to you, righteous and victorious, lowly and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey”, which is quoted in the Gospels. The symbolism suggests that Jesus was declaring he was the King of Israel, to the anger of the Sanhedrin with a donkey as the symbol of Peace, instead of riding in on a horse as the symbol of War …
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Lessons from a Donkey
“What needs to be untied in our lives, so that we can praise and honor God? When it is untied and let go, nothing can stop the love of God and neighbor that is inside of us. Palm Sunday is the day when we, like Jesus’ animal companion, are set loose to be used for the work of God …
Whereas horses were symbols of war, donkeys were symbols of peace and often used to enact treaties …
There is more significance to the donkey in this story. Earlier I noted the donkey was tied up and had to be untied by the disciples. In five verses in Luke 19 the word “tied” or some form of it is mentioned. The detail is important. This donkey was created for a purpose and was meant for Jesus. It was tied; it needed to be untied. Why does Luke emphasize this several times? There is an insight here. …
We are often tied aren’t we? We are tied down by many things—by guilt, anxiety, and concern. Some of us are tied down with the need to forgive, but we cannot bring ourselves to do it. Others are tied down to obsessions or chemical dependence. We may be tied down to our smartphones and tablets, and be unable to put those devices down. Some need to let go and not be afraid to show love, peace, faith, joy, or the gospel to others. As Christians, we need to be untied from what weighs us down. Palm Sunday is not just a celebration of Christ as King, but a celebration of Jesus as our liberator from dependencies and afflictions.”