On Tuesday morning, two runaway ponies scampered out into the streets of Staten Island, ostensibly to do the stuff ponies do best: galloping at a moderately fast (though wholly unimpressive) pace and pooping all over the place.
Local Staten Island resident, Robert Stasio, told Gothamist he saw the ponies playing around in the middle of an intersection over his morning bagel.
"I followed them and they started running," Stasio said. "As I was doing that I see the cops coming down the block with the lights on. I ran and I grab them by the mane and I was holding them, and [the cops] were trying to get a rope or something."
Metro US reports that another man then managed to capture the rascals using a tow strap, a process that remains to be explained, but hopefully it involved some sort of lasso maneuver and a little bit of pony wrestling.
The NYPD deployed its Special Ops Division to the scene and, with help from local police, returned the ponies to their owners. According to Metro US, the pony pair escaped after a particularly nasty gust of wind blew open the door to their barn. We can only hope that they're back in their warm barn now, continuing to poop and gallop.