The Midlakes Elementary School Playground in Phelps was shut down on Friday afternoon, December 3, when a full-grown male cow escaped from a trailer during transport on Rt. 96, and was seen grazing on the Midlakes Elementary School Playground.
A truck, a police car, the principal and a resource officer herded the escaped male cow from the playground back onto the trailer, which left when loaded, for parts unknown.
The “high steaks” capture was watched by Midlakes students and staff, and for some teachers, used as a ‘teachable moment” as they used the event for discussion, and asked students to write about what they had seen.
No one was injured during the chase and recapture. A video of the capture taken by staff members is available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_HS-I15YxEk.