Pregnant Cow on the Loose Shot, Killed at State Fair - NBC Bay Area

Pregnant Cow on the Loose Shot, Killed at State Fair

Cal Expo police take violent action against rampaging cow



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    An angry, pregnant cow that got loose at the California State Fair on Tuesday was shot and killed by Cal Expo police, according to a fair spokesman.

    The bovine broke free at about 9:30 a.m. from a livestock area, where it was being displayed in a birthing area, and got to a tunnel by the main gate.

    The animal stampeded through the midway area, along with many other areas of the fair.

    "This was just at the time where had a couple thousand exhibitors and concessionaires coming to work and just prior to the gates opening," State Fair general manager Brian May said.

    Cal Expo police corralled the animal and tried to get it into a trailer, fair spokesman Corey Egel said, but the cow freed itself again and dashed toward the Golden 1 Stage.

    May said the veterinarians from UC Davis tried tranquilizing the cow, but the gun didn't fire.

    "The cow was breaking free again from the barriers, and at that point it became a public safety matter, and our police shot and killed the cow, and the calf did not survive," May said.

    Nobody was hurt during the incident, and the fair remained open for business.

    The cow's carcass was taken away from the fairgrounds.

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