VIENNA (AP) – Austrian police and firefighters have taken on the role of urban cowboys in a two-day round-up of a herd of cattle that broke out of a fenced-off pasture and decided to go into town.
A police statement says the 43 steers defied attempts by police and volunteer firefighters to recapture them after wandering off Thursday and heading toward the Upper Austrian town of Freistadt. After being chased away from the railway station, they endangered motorists by stampeding onto a two-lane highway before running into a town suburb.
The Austrian cops chasing cows, unlike their American urban counterparts chasing felons, probably can count on the backing of their superiors….
But they still can improve their results. As of the time of the AP story, 18 of the cattle were still at large. The “round up the usual suspects” jokes write themselves!