Imagine this. You’re having a backyard party with some friends, celebrating your recent graduation from college. The beer is good and the company enjoyable. You look up and see six cows crashing the event… no, it’s not an alcohol-induced hallucination. This actually happened recently at a home in Boxford, Massachusetts. Kevin Spencer was hosting a graduation party for his daughter and about a dozen of her college friends. When his daughter told him “Dad, there’s a cow outside,” he responded with “that’s it… party’s over!”
Apparently, the six cows escaped from their pasture and headed into town — looking for fun, perhaps? The cow’s owner, Pat Canonica, bottle-fed the six month old group of black and white cows, which explains why they seem so comfortable being near humans. Police were called and found the bovine beauties sashaying down Main Street, but in their attempt to corral them, they entered the Spencer’s backyard where the party was happening.
The surprised young ladies left the beer – in cups and cans – on the table and high-tailed it for the safety of the deck. Many of the partiers were not locals and had little experience with animal encounters in rural settings. The 500 pound bovine youngsters proceeded to lap up the remains of the beer. Some even went after cans already in the recycling bin! “I saw one cow drinking the beer on its way down as it spilled off the table,” said Boxford Police Lt. James Riter. Then they went looking at neighboring properties.
“I could hear them [the girls] screaming in the backyard and I hoped they weren’t getting trampled,” said Riter. He added “They [the cows] just went in and helped themselves.”
It took some time to convince the bovine party crashers that their curfew had arrived. Canonica, with the help of police and the town’s Selectman, Peter Perkins, managed to lead the cows home by placing a police cruiser in front and in back of the group. It only took an hour or so for the bovine beauties to return home. Plans for an electric fence are being made to prevent future escapes.
Photo credit of the six bovine beauties screen shot from YouTube video