A small herd of roving cows got lucky on Sunday in Boxford, Massachusetts. The six bovine sisters happened on free beer at a party and settled down to soaking on the sud. Police say the cows were underage, only six months old, but did not get carded.
Metro reports Boxford police Lieutenant James Riter, said he got a call at about 9 p.m. on Sunday. “It started off with a call for loose cows in the area of Foster Street. On my way down Main Street, I did see evidence that cows were in the area.”
Riter said when he got to Foster street, the herd had stopped in the frontyard of a home on Main Street. Riter said that while he directed traffic around the herd, the cows ran into the backyard of the home.
Kevin Spencer's daughter Lauren, was hosting nursing school friends at the house.
Riter relates the drama that ensued: “I could hear screaming coming from the back of the house. When I ran around back, a group of young adults were outside enjoying the nice weather and having a few beers. The cows chased them away from the table they were sitting at and started drinking their beers. They knocked the beer cans over with their noses and started drinking beer right off the table.”
MSN reports that the cows went right for the beer, as though they knew exactly what they were looking for. Riter observed that the six cows, Belted-Galloways, seemed to prefer Bud Light to Miller Lite.
According to MSN, the cows knocked over the cans and cups and lapped beer thirstily from the table. Riter said: “When they ran out of beers on the table, one of them started to forage in the recycling to see if he could find any last drops in there." Riter said: "They enjoyed it. There's no doubt about it."
Spencer said he could not believe it when his daughter told him about the cows. He said: "My daughter came in and said, 'Dad, there are cows in the backyard.' I said ‘Stop the party; you’ve all been drinking too much!'"
Riter said the police called the owners of the cows who called friends to help herd the cows back home. The cows were rounded up and returned to their home, a nearby farm, MSN reports. Riter explained: “Myself and another officer blocked traffic; we had one cruiser in front of the cows, and I followed behind them. We marched them about three-quarters of a mile up Main Street where they belonged.”
Boston Globe reports the cows escaped from Rock Maple Farm in West Boxford, owned by Pat Canonica. Canonica said the animals belong to his son who owns a farm in New Hampshire. He said the cows were friendly and probably drawn by the friendly noise of the party.
Canonica explained why the cows seemed to know exactly what they wanted at the party. He said his son sometimes feeds the cows residue of hops, an ingredient in beer production.
Riter visited the cows the next morning. He said: “I went by where they keep the cows the next morning and they were all laying down. I don’t know if they had a headache or what.”
MSN speculates that the cows may be producing some interesting-tasting milk.