A Ton of Trouble: 2,000-Pound Steer Extricated From Mud in Boyds

Talk about grabbing the bull by its horns.

A 2,000-pound long-horned steer was extricated from the mud Monday at Stargazing Farm on Whites Store Road in Boyds.

Pete Piringer, the spokesperson for Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Services, said the steer was stuck in a muddy ravine at the bottom of a hill for about three hours.

Now that the steer is free, Piringer tweeted that the animal “is stressed by the heat & exertion” and is cooling down. Monday was a particularly hot day—so hot that Montgomery County issued a hyperthermia alert because the heat index was supposed to rise above 95 degrees.

Piringer noted that the heat in Boyds felt like the temperature was 101 degrees. Before rescuers arrived, Piringer said the steer was trying to self-extricate, but probably became tired from the heat and gave up.

The rescue started before 1 p.m. and involved MCFRS, Montgomery County Police Department, and Montgomery County Animal Services Division. During the rescue, Piringer said that the owners were present to help keep the steer calm.

MCFRS and the Animal Services Division attached cables to a “grip” winch, which were then strapped to the steer. The rescue team worked to keep the steer cool and comfortable as it was extricated.

By 2:15 p.m., the steer was removed and safe. Piringer said that the steer didn’t appear injured, but was resting.

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Deirdre Byrne

About Deirdre Byrne

Deirdre Byrne is a social media coordinator for Montgomery Community Media. She can be reached at dbyrne@mymcmedia.org or on twitter at @DeirdreByrneMCM.


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