1The Cat that was Held Over a Mobile Phone Smuggling Plot at a Russian Prison
In June 2013, a criminal cat was detained by police after it was caught attempting to smuggle mobile phones and chargers into a Russian prison.
With a cat's natural athleticism and the agility needed to scale prison walls, picking an easily-turned feline seemed like an inspired choice to carry out the illegal operation. However, the plot was foiled when prison officials spotted the items taped onto the black and white cat's belly as it sat perched on top of a fence.
The animal was at the prison near the city of Syktyvkar in the Komi province, around 600 miles northeast of Moscow. Despite being caught in the act, it's likely that this particular feline will avoid a lengthy spell behind bars.
2The Goats that were "Arrested" for Allegedly Damaging a Police Car
In June 2013, three goats were detained by officers after they were accused of damaging a police vehicle.
The animals were grabbed and placed in a cage after Indian authorities became annoyed with their alleged persistent vandalism. The final straw came when the goats were blamed for damaging a brand new police car.
Apparently, 12 goats climbed onto the brand new vehicle, causing it to be dented and "damaging the wipers and glass, and scratching the paint of the bonnet and body." When police arrived they only found a trio of goats, but quickly identified the owner as 37-year-old Mary Arogynathan and filed a complaint against the woman.
The animals were eventually released to the Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA). In defense of the owner, the police may want to consider not having their car parked next to a place where goats graze.
3The Donkey that was Jailed for Assault and Battery
In 2008, a burro bit and kicked two men near a ranch in Chiapas state in Mexico. It was kept in a cell that normally holds people who are arrested for public drunkenness and other disturbances.
The donkey remained behind bars at the police station until its owner agreed to pay the men's medical bills. The owner, Mauro Gutierrez, reached a friendly arrangement to pay the men's bills, estimated at $420.
The victims said that the donkey bit Genaro Vazquez, 63, in the chest and then kicked 52-year-old Andres Hernandez as he tried to come to the rescue, fracturing his ankle. It took six men to control the enraged burro.
4The Cow that was Arrested in a Murder Case
A carnival goat has somehow become entangled in a messy murder case involving some youths in Sango Ota, Ogun state, southwest Nigeria.
The youths were gathered to prepare for a carnival when an argument broke out between some of them, leading to one of the boys, identified as Dayo, breaking a bottle and using it to stab 24-year-old Azeez Salako, who bled to death.
Everyone scampered from the crime scene and by the time the police arrived, only the cow, which had been bought to be slaughtered during the carnival, was left behind. The police detained the cow and dragged it to the police station. No human arrests were made.
5The Goat that was Arrested for Eating Flowers
Oh, if only the owners of the previous goats that have been arrested had known, maybe they would have hired the lawyer of Gary, the flower-eating goat that became an internet sensation.
Gary has been cleared of vandalism after an Australian judge dismissed the case at a court in Sydney. The police said that they caught Gary snacking on a flower bed outside the city's Museum of Contemporary Art, so they ordered its owner, Jim Dezarnaulds, to pay a 440 Australian dollar (£290) fine.
However, Magistrate Carolyn Barkell dismissed the case against Gary, ruling that neither Gary nor his owner could be held accountable for the crime. She said there was no evidence that Gary, who had his own lawyer, had been brought there to intentionally eat the flowers.
Gary, who was not required to give evidence, did not comment on the verdict upon leaving court. He became an internet star after news of his plight went viral, with his official Facebook page racking up over 16,000 likes.
6The Goat that was Detained Over Armed Robbery
In 2009, Police in Nigeria held a goat on suspicion of attempted armed robbery. Vigilantes took the black and white beast to the police, saying that it was an armed robber who had used black magic to transform himself into a goat to escape arrest after trying to steal a Mazda 323.
Belief in witchcraft is widespread in parts of Nigeria, Africa's most populous nation. Residents came to the police station to see the goat, which was photographed in one national newspaper on its knees next to a pile of straw.
7The Pigeon that was Held in India on Suspicion of Spying
In 2010, Indian police held a pigeon under armed guard after it was caught on an alleged spy mission for neighboring Pakistan.
The white-colored bird was found by a local resident in India's Punjab state, which borders Pakistan, and taken to a police station 25 miles from the city of Amritsar. The pigeon had a ring around its foot and a Pakistani phone number and address stamped on its body in red ink.
Police suspected that the pigeon landed on Indian soil from Pakistan with a message, although no trace of a note was found.
Officials directed that no one should be allowed to visit the pigeon, which police said was possibly on a “special mission of spying.” The bird was medically examined and kept in an air-conditioned room under police guard.
Local pigeon keepers in the sensitive border area told police that Pakistani pigeons were easily identifiable, since they look different from Indian ones.
8The Monkey that was Arrested in Pakistan for Crossing India's Border
Believe it or not, in 2011 authorities in Pakistan's Punjab province "arrested" a cross-border trespasser which was a monkey found wandering in Cholistan, having traveled all the way from India.
The monkey was captured by wildlife officials in Bahawalpur. Local residents initially tried to capture the monkey after it entered the Cholistan area of Bahawalpur district. After the monkey evaded them, the people informed wildlife officials, who captured the animal after a struggle.
The monkey was taken to the Bahawalpur Zoo, where officials named him Bobby.
9The Elephant that went on Trial for Killing Three People in India
The incident with Ramachandran (the name of the elephant) happened in Kerala in January 2013. During a religious festival, the elephant suddenly went berserk and started a massacre, in which three women were killed. After that, a criminal case was invoked against the animal.
The 45-year-old elephant was arrested kept under the supervision of the environmental department, while its owner had to pay 30 lakh rupees and find two guarantors. In addition, after this incident the elephant was banned for three months from participating in the festivities and processions of such events.
10The Cat that was Arrested for Contraband at a Brazilian Prison
In January 2013, a cat was detained on the grounds of a jail in Brazil with contraband goods for prisoners strapped to its body with tape. The white cat was apprehended while crossing the main prison gate.
The incident took place at a jail in Arapiraca city, 250km (155 miles) southwest of Recife in Alagoas state. The confiscated items included drill bits, files, a mobile phone and charger, and earphones. The cat was taken to a local animal center.
Officials said that the items could be used to effect a means of escape, or for communicating with criminals on the outside.