COLORADO SPRINGS — Bystanders watching a cattle drive in Colorado Springs got a little more of the wild west than they bargained for.
During the annual Ride for the Brand cattle drive downtown, a longhorn cow got loose and charged into the lobby of the Plaza of the Rockies building, scattering crowds and sending onlookers scrambling. One News5 viewer was actually trapped inside the lobby with the cow for a few stressful moments, before a man rode his horse into the lobby, roped the cow and led it outside onto the street.
We have received no immediate reports of injuries from the incident.
The cattle drive is an part of the Ride the Brand Ranch Rodeo, which is happening in Colorado Springs this weekend at the Norris Penrose Events Center.
We are getting questions on why we are calling the longhorn a cow and not a steer or bull. A bovine that is a male is a "bull", a male that has been neutered is a "steer", a female that is young and hasn't had a baby is a "heifer", and a female that has had a calf is a "cow". The "cow" that is running into the Plaza of the Rockies has an udder and other female parts, so she most certainly is a cow. FYI all sexes of cows can have horns, especially Longhorns.