Cow, alligator delay Houston traffic, turn weekday commute into a zoo

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Cow on Interstate 10 web
Members of the Harris County Sheriff’s Office livestock team round up a cow that was stopping traffic on Interstate 10 in Houston during rush hour Wednesday, April 28. (Courtesy: Harris County Sheriff’s Office, via Twitter)

HOUSTON — Some days, Houston-area traffic can be a nightmare. Other days, it can be a zoo — literally.

A cow and an alligator caused traffic delays Wednesday, April 28, during separate incidents in which the animals took themselves for a spin on Houston-area roadways.

At around 8 a.m., the cow was spotted moving along Interstate 10 in east Houston, stopping traffic during morning rush hour. Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez tweeted that a pedestrian tried to rope the cow.

The sheriff office’s livestock unit later arrived at the scene and was able to get the cow to a nearby cemetery, where it was loaded onto a trailer and reunited with its owners. The cow, which was unharmed, had escaped from a nearby farm.

A few hours later, a not fast but furious alligator parked itself on the shoulder of a busy bridge near the Houston suburb of Baytown. At least one lane of traffic was blocked as several officers, including members of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, placed a rope around the reptile’s neck. After the alligator wrestled and spun on the ground, officers held it down as its mouth was taped shut.

KTRK-TV reported the alligator was put in the back of a truck and was taken to a nearby waterway, where it was released.

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