Thursday was a rough day for a cow in Hidalgo County, but she survived being dumped onto the highway and leading deputies on a chase.
She was on her way to San Isidro when the door on the trailer flew open, spilling her into traffic of Expressway 281.
"The latch just popped open on a bump, all the bumps that the expressway has, latch came out and it just came undone," said Jaime Carrales, who was transporting the cow. "Luckily, I looked in the mirror, and there she was on the side. She was on the ground."
Traffic stopped as a Hidalgo County Sheriff's deputies and several other men chased the baffled two-year-old bovine.
She wasn't interested in being tied up again, so she jumped the divider and ran toward an open field.
As her handlers closed in, she found cover in a citrus grove.
"This has never happened to me before," Carrales said. "Obviously she was in pain. She doesn't look like she broke anything, but she's scarred up."
A team of four men tried to corral the 1000-pound cow and only found success when she got cornered in a family's backyard.
"Luckily, the sheriff (deputy) was close in the area and he had a rope," Carrales said. "And we had to rope her and we had some hard time getting her in, but we did. Luckily nobody got hurt."
Carrales said she didn't have a name before, but they'll start calling her 'Lucky' now.