Why do I live in Ames? Where else can you read the headline from the local paper: Ames, ISU police wrangle runaway bovine, and be alerted of it on Twitter?

Officials with the Ames and Iowa State University police spent more than two hours chasing down a fugitive heifer who’d absconded from the ISU Veterinary Medicine building.

Where else can you read such a story as though reported by the New York Times?

However, the felonious farm animal took several darts without falling before eventually being captured.

The story did have a happy ending, and I learned another thing about why I live here.

The tranquilizer drugs will probably not affect the delivery of the calf. The cow is expected to give birth in two to three weeks.


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