Escaped steer falls into pool

Jan. 6, 2010 at 5:13 PM

HAMILTON, Ohio, Jan. 6 (UPI) -- An Ohio family said a steer with a history of escaping from his pasture and wandering off learned a frigid lesson when he took a tumble into a swimming pool.

Becky Freson of Ross Township, said Walter, the 6-year-old Limousin steer belonging to her daughter, Cora Freson, 15, wandered away from his pasture Tuesday afternoon and plunged into the 9-foot-deep end of the family's swimming pool, the Hamilton (Ohio) Journal-News reported Wednesday.

"It was panic city when we found out," Becky Freson said.

She said neighbors helped tie a rope around the animal's neck to keep his head above water and police and fire crews arrived within 15 minutes to empty the pool and lure the steer to the stairs in the shallow end.

Freson said the steer, which she described as an "escape artist," appeared to be uninjured and was warmed by fresh blankets after he calmed down a bit.

The family said they plan to have Walter examined by a veterinarian as a precaution.

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