Tuesday, March 12, 2002

How now, famed cow? She's not quite sure yet

By Randy McNutt, rmcnutt@enquirer.com
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        WHITEWATER TWP. — Cincinnati's most famous fugitive has made an uneasy peace with captivity.

        She's cooling her hooves as officials try to pick a new home for her.

        The Charolais cow, which made national headlines during a 10-day romp through Cincinnati neighborhoods after a slaughterhouse escape last month, is living here temporarily. Her stall mates — two mild-mannered cows — have helped calm her down.

        Meanwhile, a list of prospective adoptive “parents” has grown to 27, including painter Peter Max of New York and former Reds owner Marge Schott of Indian Hill.

        The cow's owner, Ken Meyer, is working with the Hamilton County Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals to secure a sanctuary for her.

        Until then, Dennis Dowers will allow her to stay in his concrete block and wood barn on Ohio 128, near Miamitown. Monday morning, he stood next to the stall, watching her eat.

        Hey, big girl.

        Chomp, chomp. You talkin' to ME?

        “As you can see, she still watches you, even when she's eating,” Mr. Dowers said.

        He helped catch her on Feb. 26 after a lengthy chase that frustrated her pursuers but delighted Cincinnatians.

        “She's really calmed down and looks good,” Mr. Dowers said Monday. “But she's still one nervous bird.”

        Her ears tracked him like little radar dishes. You talkin' to ME? She stepped toward him slightly, then changed her mind and continued eating her breakfast.

        “I tell you, she's a bully. She's ornery, too. She butts the other cows out of the way to get to their food, but then any of 'em will do that at times,” he said.


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