Cow that escaped auction gives birth to calf in cornfield

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Posted: Oct 14, 2015 10:50 AM

MANDAN, N.D. (AP) — A cow caused a stir when she escaped from a livestock auction in North Dakota, disrupted traffic on a busy city street then hid for a month in a corn field where she gave birth to a calf.

Kist Livestock officials told KXMB-TV (http://bit.ly/1jo7ZoP ) that when they finally were able to corral the cow, they discovered the calf in the cornfield in Mandan.

"We thought she was just hiding by herself, but she was hiding something good," Jesse Kist said.

The cow got loose in early September when cattle were being loaded into a truck at the auction facility. She ran down The Strip, one of the main thoroughfares in the Bismarck-Mandan area, before disappearing into the field. Auction officials used water to coax the animal out of the field, but they struggled to catch her.

"She would always go right back into the field. She wouldn't stick around," fieldman Matt Lachenmeier said.

The apprehended cow is being kept at the livestock auction for now so she can raise the 3-week-old calf.

"It was a cool ending to the story, and not just because she brought a calf but because she brought a calf that looks just like her," Kist said.

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Information from: KXMB-TV, http://www.kxnet.com