Cow escapes twice from Philadelphia nativity scene

Ben Hooper

Dec. 14 (UPI) -- A cow brought to a Philadelphia church for a live nativity scene was rounded up after escaping from the facility -- twice.

The cow, dubbed Stormy, escaped from the Old First Reformed United Church of Christ in Old City about 2:15 a.m. and made her way to the southbound lanes of Interstate 95.


"There was a Pennsylvania state trooper with us who owns a horse/cattle ranch in South Jersey," Philadelphia Police Sgt. Tim Devlin told WCAU-TV. "He was the one we took the lead from. He's the expert on the topic, he knew how to corral the animal."

Police corralled the cow and walked her off the highway. Stormy was returned to the church, where she was secured in her enclosure -- at least, until 6:20 a.m., when she escaped again.

The church's pastor attempted to chase the cow down after the second escape, but was unsuccessful.

Stormy eventually wandered into a parking garage and was cornered on the upper level.

The pastor said the church has done annual live nativity scenes since 1973.

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