Two cows run loose on Long Island

April 16, 2010 3:20:30 PM PDT
It was a surprising sight on Long Island Friday afternoon. Cows were roaming around the Long Island Rail Road tracks near the Montauk Highway. Neighbors tried to help police round up the bovines in a backyard in Bellport.

They had ropes in hand to try and lasso the two cows, but it wasn't easy, they kept on "moooving".

The animals escaped from a local farm, and ended up grazing along the Long Island Rail Road tracks, which forced one train to make an emergency stop.

A stunned driver pulled over to help get the cows off the tracks.

"I called the police and I tried to get the bulls off the tracks because I heard the train coming, and did the best I could. Thank God the conductor saw the bulls (cows) and stopped and avoided an accident," said Kenny Leitch, an eyewitness.

The close call with the cows caused a short delay for LIRR passengers.

After a few hours of freedom, the animals were captured and returned to their owner.

By the way, in case you thought those were bulls running around, cows (that is, mature female cattle) can have horns! In fact, there are several cattle breeds in which the cows have horns. To name just a few: the Danish Red, the White Park, and the Texas Longhorn.