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REPRESENTATIONAL IMAGE: A goat takes a leap from one cart to another as a vendor watches at a wholesale vegetable market in the old quarters of Delhi.Reuters

Days after a parrot was summoned by the Maharashtra police for 'verbally abusing' a woman, a goat has been put behind bars in the state. 

The goat was reportedly locked up after a complaint was registered by its owner for cattle theft in Parbhani in Maharashtra. 

According to the Marathi news channel ABP Majha, the goat was stolen by a man on Saturday, and when the police arrested him, they also locked up the goat. However, after the photos went viral on WhatsApp, the police left the animal loose, the channel reported.

Images of the goat locked up in jail were shared on social media as well. 

The bizarre arrest comes days after the police in Maharashtra's Chandrapur district summoned a parrot for 'hurling obscenities' at an aged woman. 

An 85-year-old woman had accused her stepson of having trained his parrot 'Hariyal' to hurl obscenities at her. 

The police then summoned the two, along with the accused parrot, to the police station. 

"We watched the parrot carefully but it did not utter a word at the police station after being confronted by the complainant," Police Inspector P S Dongre was quoted saying by the PTI as saying.  

The parrot was later handed over to the forest department.

However, arrests of animals by the police is not just the case in India. 

Last month, German police 'arrested' a squirrel for 'stalking' a woman. A video of the police feeding the squirrel had gone viral.