FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. -- After a 24-hour "steak out" and a chase, an unruly cow is back in custody.
Dr. Lanier Orr with the Orr Animal Hospital said it was Saturday morning when the young heifer got separated from her mom and jumped the fence from the pasture in her Forsyth County home.
That's when her 24 hours of freedom began. Orr said the fast-moving youngster led deputies on a "wild cow chase," popping up in local subdivisions and crossing busy streets -- including GA 400!
"I've never seen an animal travel that far that quick," said Orr, who used to run the county's animal control facility. He said he got a call at 6 a.m. Sunday from a subdivision; by the time he got dressed and out to the scene, she had already moved on.
Forsyth County Deputies and Orr chased the bovine until they were finally able to get her under control Sunday afternoon near Buford Dam Road. Orr said he was able to tranquilize the cow to get her to the safety of "cow jail."
The Forsyth County Sheriff's Office posted pictures on their Facebook page after the chase came to an end.
Orr said its becoming increasingly rare for calls like these -- they only get them about two or three times a year -- so it was a surprise to get this one: "It was quite the ordeal," he chuckled. He said he was just thankful it came to a happy ending, with no one and no cow injured.
Orr said he's already returned the runaway cow to her home, where she's been reunited with her mamma cow and siblings and doing fine.
As for her "sentence," deputies say they're considering asking a judge to sentence her to wearing a GPS ankle monitor from now on, so they can keep closer tabs on her.