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jank0614
Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4597)
Thu, 29th May '08 7:44 PM

ONLY IN TEXAS

So I'm driving home a few minutes ago, flying 70 on the loop around west Amarillo. All of a sudden I have to slam on my brakes. There facing me in my lane is a sheriff's car, bubbles flashing, "herding" this HUGE bull along the side of the road. Mr. Bull had obviously discovered that he is much stronger and heavier than any barbed wire and had pushed his way on out of his field and into the road.

Threw my emergency flashers on to try to warn the 18-wheeler barreling down on my 6. He might have won in a tussle with the bull - I would decidedly not come out ahead with animal, semi, or sheriff's car.

A lot of barbecue on the hoof there - tons. BTW, in Texas, if there is a horse or cow on the road out of the owner's field and you just happen to have a livestock trailer on hand, it is legal for you to load the animal up and take it home. I just couldn't figure out how to get him in my XTerra.

Though today's excitement turned out ok for all involved and the owner came and corraled his investment, a teacher friend in Granbury, TX was not so lucky a couple of decades ago. He hit a cow on a dark highway one night and lost an arm. I'm grateful this incident happened in the light of day.

smeans
Smeans  (Level: 109.2 - Posts: 301)
Thu, 29th May '08 8:49 PM

I can honestly say I have never ran into a cow or bull in the road before. About 11 years ago I did come upon 2 horses in the middle of the road about midnight...thank god it was in a straight stretch and not a curve and it wasn't foggy that night. The most frequent thing you see in the roads here in WV is deer and possum. Don't know what I would do if I ran upon a bull in the road.

kaelin
Kaelin  (Level: 49.2 - Posts: 1685)
Thu, 29th May '08 10:06 PM

I live on the country - it's a common occurance on my road - I just drive up the house of the person who owns the cow and say "your cows out".

I do remember a story of one my parents friends when I was growing up (grew up in Dallas and lived there til 14 years ago). They were driving their nice shiny white caddy on Central Expressway behind a cattle hauler - lets just say the lesson learned is if you are behind a cattle truck - put the top up....ewwwwwwwwww!

jank0614
Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4597)
Thu, 29th May '08 10:22 PM

lol

The use of barbed or horse wire proves that animals are just that and not as smart as we want to pretend they are.

Any full grown animal could easily get out those fences.

And welded pipe fences? My daughter-in-law's palomino got upset and totally smashed/bent in a cattle panel. A large animal wants out bad enough, it's going to get out. Training is paramount.

Course, would a horse drive a convertible behind a cattle hauler? Nah. A horse is a horse, of course, of...etc.

rowlanda
Rowlanda  (Level: 70.0 - Posts: 2856)
Fri, 30th May '08 12:33 AM

Smeans....
I have never yet (touch wood) hit a deer, even though
they were common on Vancouver Island....and I have
almost hit one at night, in a suburb of Toronto!!!!
That was your typical "deer caught in the headlights"
situation - caused by urban sprawl and the displacement
of wildlife habitat.
However, I have heard it doesn't make much difference
what the size and weight of the animal....when you hit
it and it comes hurtling through your windshield, you
tend to get damaged to one degree or another.


rowlanda
Rowlanda  (Level: 70.0 - Posts: 2856)
Fri, 30th May '08 12:39 AM

Jank....
Why did the bull try to cross the road????
Usually - it's a case of cherchez la femme !!!!

I horse I took out for a ride once, bit me!!!!
Because there was new filly in the next stall !!!!

jank0614
Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4597)
Fri, 30th May '08 6:37 AM

Amazingly, the answer is the same about middle school guys.

salzypat
Salzypat  (Level: 156.5 - Posts: 5316)
Fri, 30th May '08 10:23 AM

It's not at all uncommon for cattle to find a way out of a fence. Remember the saying about the grass being greener on the other side of the fence? A cow - or bull - always has to stick their head through the wires to nibble the greener tidbits on the other side.

And in the spring and fall it's fairly common to come upon herds of cattle moving down the rural highways (not Interstates!) as ranchers move their herds from one pasture to another one several miles away.

Kaelin, when I was just out of high school I worked for an attorney. I had walked across the street to the post office and on my way back to the office I crossed the street right behind a fully loaded bull-hauler (cattle truck) had passed. It was an extremely windy day and the shower I got was NOT refreshing. My boss had no problem letting me go home for a bath and change of clothing! I've never crossed the street downwind of a loaded cattle truck again. Amazing how some lessons need to be learned only once!


rowlanda
Rowlanda  (Level: 70.0 - Posts: 2856)
Fri, 30th May '08 10:45 AM

Lol Pat....
Conjures up hilarious images!!!!

Reminds me of how people always told me that
it was Good Luck if a pigeon "dumped" on
your head....
Well - a week before my wedding, a pigeon dumped
on my head....and then my husband carried on
from there!!!!


revdodd
Revdodd  (Level: 68.7 - Posts: 775)
Fri, 30th May '08 11:02 AM

Oh man! Y'all need to take a trip to Honduras. I was in a group on a mission trip down there and there was a herd just loping down the highway. Not in any particular hurry, just strolling along. Nobody trying to round them up, no nothing. I was like the cows were just heading to work like everyone else.


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