Residents in Melbourne’s southeast couldn’t believe their eyes on Wednesday night after three cows escaped from a rolled trailer and took over the local streets.
A rescue mission was immediately launched to retrieve the trio of heifers, who were highly distressed.
A man, 80, was driving a Ford Falcon with his trailer attached around 6.40 pm when he entered a roundabout on Glenfern Road in Ferntree Gully.
After a trailer rolled on Wednesday night in suburban Melbourne, three cows were soon roaming the local streets in Ferntree Gully (pictured)
Two of the heifers (pictured) – who were highly distressed – made their way to a nearby Coles car park
The trailer suddenly rolled and released the heifers.
One of the cows ended up in a nearby backyard, with the other two running into a Coles supermarket car park.
Victoria Police said the terrified animals charged at people trying to contain them, according to 7news.com.au.
Within minutes, Fire Rescue Victoria, the SES, local vets, vet nurses, farmers and Council rangers were on hand to assist in the urgent rescue mission.
The heifers were sedated and then safely transported home.
Acting Senior Sergeant Melanie Woods from Knox Police paid tribute to the local community who worked in unison to ensure the cows were safely recovered.
‘Thankfully no one was injured as they girls (cows) were quite distressed,’ she said in a statement.
‘I would really like to thank all those involved as we wouldn’t have been able to safely return the heifers home without their help.’