Cow stranded at sea

Well, this was a sight to behold. I have some questions…

A first for Galveston Beach Patrol: Water rescue of cow – Houston Chronicle.

During his 30-year career with the Galveston Island Beach Patrol, Peter Davis has responded to his share of unusual calls.

The drama began on Wednesday morning, when the adventurous cow wandered away from its owner’s property. The owner first contacted Galveston police, who were unable to catch the breakaway bovine.

Then, about 1:30 p.m., an island resident called 911 to report a cow lost at sea. Could that be?

“The cow had actually walked out there because it was low tide and made it onto a shallow area,” explained Davis, chief of the 110-member Beach Patrol. “It was standing on a sandbar about a quarter-mile from shore.”

cow at sea

Now, cows aren’t the sharpest crayons in the box but what made it wander towards the ocean? Was he running away from civilization? From biting flies? Was it just that hot? Is he a sea cow?

I looked (not that hard) but can’t seem to find another incident of this. Domestic animals who escape do get into some tricky situations but this was strange. The cow was recovered without injury.

  5 comments for “Cow stranded at sea

  1. Flucksy
    July 7, 2013 at 1:13 AM

    I think the owner kept trying to catch it until they chased it to the sea and then called the authorities. That’s just my layman theory.

  2. One Eyed Jack
    July 7, 2013 at 2:16 AM

    Surf and turf?

  3. July 7, 2013 at 11:54 AM

    This was a Steller event!

  4. Chris Howard
    July 7, 2013 at 7:32 PM

    I think there’s a Zen koan involving a cow stranded at sea?

  5. Andy
    July 8, 2013 at 8:50 AM

    I’ve seen cows wander onto a reef at low tide at a place called 80 Mile Beach, near Broome, in Western Australia. It was bizarre.

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