HILLSBORO, Ore. -- A stray cow wandered onto Highway 26 Sunday night and police managed to get it off the busy roadway without anyone getting hurt -- not even the cow.
Drivers called 911 and alerted police just after 8 p.m. that a cow was on the highway near Rock Creek Boulevard.
Washington County Sheriff's deputies responded, along with Oregon State Police.
Witnesses said a good Samaritan had tried to get a rope around the animal before officers arrived, but to no avail.
Authorities said it took about an hour, but everyone was finally able to get the cow safely off the roadway and into a nearby field.
The cow's owners at Red Cedar Ranch said her name is Black White Face and she's also often affectionately called 'Ole Mama,' as she's the matriarch of the herd. She had recently been moved to Beaverton to wean her from her calf and may have been looking for the calf on her five-mile trek to the highway.
They said at the end of the ordeal, they decided to transport her back to Woodburn to be reunited with the calf. (See photo of 'Ole Mama' and her calf, at right.)
"We don't know what got into her," said owner Andrea Andrews. "She actually left the rest of her cow friends in the pasture to go on this little 'walk-a-bout.' We've had her for 8+ years... she's never done anything like this before. She is usually the 'old reliable' of the girls!"
The folks at Red Cedar Ranch said they're just happy that he cow was not hurt and appreciate that people called 911 for help.