MAXTON — Motorists traveling U.S. 74 near Maxton had to slow down Thursday after cows and donkeys escaped their fenced pasture near the N.C. 71 exit.
Law enforcement personnel and good Samaritans rounded up the animals to prevent harm to the animals and motorists.
“We got a call that there were cattle on the road,” said an officer who asked not to be identified. “We’re not sure where they are from.”
Rebecca Wyatt and her boyfriend, Jeremy Jarrett, were on their way to a horse show in Virginia and volunteered to help.
“We just saw the lights and the donkeys, and had no idea was going on,” Wyatt said. “We asked to help. Neither of the officers had experience.”
Cows can weigh more than 600 pounds, and are unpredictable, Wyatt said. They can easily be scared into traffic.
“Hitting something of that weight at 70 miles per hour is extremely dangerous,” Wyatt said.
Her 15-year background as a farrier, working with horses and other large beasts, gave her knowledge to assist with the runaway cattle and donkeys.
“I’ve seen this before,” Wyatt said. “I saw cows in the road in Lexington that were hit.”
The cows escaped from the farm next door to Arrin Baker, who got a call that some cows were loose on the road.
“I’m just being a good Samaritan,” he said as he worked on a hole in the fence that the cows had escaped through. “I came out to help, but they aren’t my cows.”
One cow had been taken to a veterinarian, but some animals continued to wander in and out of their enclosure.
“There is another cow and calf that haven’t been taken out yet,” Trooper Chad Covington said. “Animal Control can’t go inside a fenced area because it’s illegal. They must leave the fenced area before we can get them.”
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