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Cow had eluded capture for 3 months

Published 10:34am Friday, December 30, 2011

The goat galavanting around Fergus Falls is not the first errant animal to make news — Plattsmouth, Neb., had a black angus cow on the loose for several months after she escaped from a cattle truck.

The residents of Plattsmouth, reported population in 2009 was 15,621, followed the elusive movements of “their” cow for about three months before a team of cowboys captured her a few days before Christmas.

Her ability to outsmart capture led Plattsmouth residents to label her “Ninja Cow.” After a weekend of no spottings, people feared she had been killed for her meat, but she resurfaced the following Monday, with a “Ninja Calf” in tow.

The Fergus Falls goat slipped her leash outside Bethlehem Lutheran Church Christmas Day and has been seen at varied locations around the town. Like Ninja Cow, the angora goat is black and quite wiley, eluding capture.

And just as Plattsmouth residents worried about an accident involving the cow, Fergus Falls residents worry about a vehicle-goat collision.

So far, though, the goat appears to be smart about traffic, reportedly waiting for cars to pass before traipsing across Highway 210 earlier this week.

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