of Molly B.
cow was determined to live --
in her honor, eat a veggie burger. You'll live longer, and so will
many of her friends and family.
"Molly B" will live after all -- read the follow-up!
Cow Escapes Meat Plant, Dodges SUV, Train
Feisty Cow Escapes Slaughterhouse, Dodges Vehicles, Train
and Braves Icy River Before Recapture
©The Associated Press
FALLS, Montana, Jan 6, 2006 — A cow that escaped a slaughterhouse
dodged vehicles, ran in front of a train, braved the icy Missouri
River and took three tranquilizer darts before being recaptured
six hours later. News of the heifer's adventures prompted a number
of people to offer to buy the animal.
black, 1,200 pound heifer jumped a gate at the packing plant at
around 5 a.m. Thursday and apparently wandered through residential
areas. Police received reports at about 9:30 a.m. that it was in
the middle of a busy intersection.
tried to catch the cow, and had her wedged between a stock trailer
and a fence, but the heifer barreled through the fence toward the
river, nearly being hit by a Chevrolet Suburban. It was the first
of many near-death experiences. With the police in pursuit, the
cow ran toward the railroad tracks and darted in front of an oncoming
locomotive, briefly giving the police the slip again.
Crossing another road, the cow was nearly struck by a semi tractor-trailer.
then it was a madhouse," said police officer Corey Reeves.
"People were coming out of the woodwork to see."
police, animal control officers and slaughterhouse workers surrounded
the cow in a park near the Missouri River, the cow jumped into the
icy water. As she swam to the west bank of the river, Reeves said
she sank lower in the water and was being swept downstream. But
the cow found a sandbar near the river's west bank and walked to
was totally amazed she was able to swim the river," said Del
Morris, the slaughterhouse manager.
police scrambled to head off the cow on the other side of the river,
a veterinarian with a tranquilizer gun was called. Pursuers again
believed they had the cow cornered at a chain link fence, but the
heifer ran through a perimeter set up by officials. The chase began
to slow as the cow ran up against several strong fences. Dr. Jennifer
Evans of Big Sky Medical Center shot the cow with a tranquilizer
had little effect.
UP! According to the Great Falls Tribune (Great Falls,
Montana), the cow (now named "Molly B.") will not go to
slaughter -- nor will she go to a farm animal sanctuary. Instead,
she'll spend her life in Montana, 5 miles from the packing plant
she escaped. Read more:
Molly B. to Stay
By KIM SKORNOGOSKI
Tribune Staff Writer
Molly B.'s home will be on the range. Mickey's Packing Plant decided
not to move the black bovine, saying Wednesday she will live many
years under the Big Sky.
here to stay," said Mickey's manager Del Morris. "She's
Montana born and bred and it's going to stay that way."
said Molly probably will spend her days on five acres outside the
packing plant she escaped from last Thursday, although she could
go to a local ranch. The heifer jumped a 5-foot-fence, outran police
and dodged an SUV and a semi before swimming the frigid Missouri
six-hour, eight-mile flight through town captured the hearts of
people across the country who begged for Molly's life. Now the media
attention has gone global. Radio stations from Australia, London
and Scotland interviewed Morris Thursday. Swedes requested photos
from the Tribune.
are tired (of) hearing about Iraq and corrupt politicians,"
philosophized 94.5 Max Country radio personality Bubba. He and partner
Hershey wrote and performed a song about Molly on Wednesday. "Something
like this is fun and it makes people laugh," Bubba said.
that Molly B. should be spared, Mickey's employees have since debated
if she should go to one of the farms or rescue groups vying to be
parents and children are visiting the packing plant at 55 Gibson
Flats Road, to photograph Molly.
certainly would give people a chance to be a part of something and
watch her grow," Morris said.