Calves make schoolyard home after bolting from farm

Scott Dunn, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:52 AM ET

OWEN SOUND, Ont. — Recess cancelled due to cows.

Students heading out to their schoolyard in downtown Owen Sound, Ont., on Wednesday morning were greeted with an unusual find: 11 lost calves milling around their playground.

The cows had broken through fencing at their farm outside of town, about 3.5 km from Hillcrest Public School, and somehow meandered their way there, likely through walking trails.

A bear in the area likely spooked them, said farmer John Becker, who was called to collect his animals.


Owen Sound police officers help herd beef calves, loose on the Hillcrest Elementary School playground, to a waiting cattle trailer on June 11, 2014. (James Masters/QMI Agency)

A curious crowd gathered and police cordoned off the area while Becker and volunteers lured the scared calves with feed buckets into a waiting cattle trailer.

"You can see how tired they are," said Harold Hoy, a beef-farmer and neighbour of the Beckers who was helping round up the animals.

Back at the farm, when the trailer doors were opened, Hoy greeted them with: "Hello kids! How was your first day at school?"


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