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Vodka-grain mix helps capture escaped bull

Jan. 15, 2014 at 1:46 PM

KALLMUNZ, Germany, Jan. 15 (UPI) -- A bull on the loose for more than six months in Germany was captured by a farmer who fed it grain spiked with vodka.

Werner Dechant, a farmer in the Kallmunz area of Bavaria, told Bayerische Rundfunk radio the bull -- which had escaped from another farm during the summer -- recently started hanging around his property, and his initial attempt to capture it with a rope failed when the animal fled, TheLocal.de reported Wednesday.

Dechant said he was concerned a tranquilizer could be harmful to the bull's health, so he attempted to slow the bovine down by baiting him with grain mixed with a bottle of vodka. However, he said the concoction did not appear to be strong enough, so a few nights later he tried the same tactic with two bottles of vodka.

The farmer said the vodka slowed the bull enough that he was able to get the rope around its neck and lead it into a barn.

The bull has been returned to its owner, who has pledged to prevent future escapes.

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