Sarnia Police were handed a black and white case on May 29 after receiving a report of two Holsteins wandering free near Telfer Road.
Arriving officers soon discovered the report was no bull, and beefed up their search for the rightful owner after learning the two calves lacked identification tags.
Knowing the steaks were high, the officers hoofed it to a number of nearby farms. But when asked, each of the occupants was herd to say the loose cows were udderly unknown to them.
Sarnia Police Constable John Sottosanti told The Journal that livestock roaming onto roadways in the city is not uncommon.
“But Police College – fortunately or unfortunately – doesn’t teach us any wrangling,” he admitted.
Just a week earlier, a concerned farmer had got on the horn and called police after his cows failed to come home, Sottosanti said.
The cows were found later in a field near Mandaumin and Michigan, safe but apparently cheesed off at having missed dinner.
The Holstein tail also ended well. The next day, police reported the calves’ owner had been found and the animals were steered back home.