HOUSTON (AP) – Some days, traffic in the Houston area can be a nightmare. Other days it can literally be a zoo.
A cow and alligator caused traffic delays on Wednesday in various incidents that saw the animals take a joyride on the streets of Houston.
Around 8 a.m., the cow was spotted moving along Interstate 10 in east Houston, stopping traffic during the morning rush hour. Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez tweeted that a pedestrian tried to handcuff the cow.
The cattle division of the sheriff’s office later arrived at the scene and was able to take the cow to a nearby cemetery, where it was loaded onto a trailer and reunited with its owners. The uninjured cow had fled from a nearby farm.
A few hours later, a not fast but angry alligator was parked on the shoulder of a busy bridge near the suburb of Baytown, Houston. At least one lane was blocked when several officers, including members of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, put a rope around the reptile’s neck. After the alligator wrestled and spun on the ground, officers held it while its mouth was taped shut.
KTRK-TV reported that the alligator was placed on the back of a truck and taken to a nearby waterway where it was released.