'Halfway towards a live nativity': A camel, cow and donkey were found wandering together on a Kansas road

Jordan Culver, USA TODAY

This one sounds like the setup for a solid joke.

A cow, donkey and camel were found wandering together on a Kansas road. They didn't end up in a local bar, but they did cause enough of a stir for the police and the local sheriff's office to get involved. 

The trio was found just outside the city limits of Goddard, a suburb of Wichita, according to Goddard Police Department community services officer Aja Fulcher. An officer took a photo of the animals before they were returned to a private owner.

The photo was posted to the Goddard Police Department's Facebook page, where it has been shared more than 800 times as of Monday evening. 

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"Does anyone know the owners of these three friends traveling together (towards a Northern star) just East of Goddard?" the police department posted along with the photo of the animals. "If we can not locate the owner, we may be halfway towards a live nativity this Christmas season." 

The Sedwick County Sheriff's Office confirmed a 911 call about the animals on a "well-traveled" highway on Sunday. 

The animals weren't part of any of holiday play, Fulcher said. That part of the post was just a joke. Fulcher said the police department originally thought the camel, cow and donkey belonged to the Tanganyika Wildlife Park, a Kansas zoo. 

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