A pure-bred Black Angus bull took it on the hoof Thursday and went on an unguided tour of the Heights in Hood River.
Dr. Tom Gilliom said the "Olympic contender" cleared a seven-rail fence at Tucker Road Animal Hospital where it had been brought by its owner, Jim Wilson of Odell, for semen testing. The fugitive bovine led its pursuers on a lark through business centers, orchards and neighborhoods -- with even a quick visit to Idlewild Cemetery.
Gilliom said when it became apparent the elusive creature was going to be difficult to corral, he called in both county and city law enforcement officials and "custom cowboys" from the Krepps Ranch in BZ Corners, Wash.
Keith and Susan Krepps arrived on the scene with roper Trino Murrillo and the trio lassoed the bull near Eby Road about three hours after it had made its great escape.
"They really saved my bacon," said Gilliom.
Instead of returning the errant sightseer to the animal hospital, Gilliom said he decided to make a home visit late that afternoon to complete the checkup on the tired bull.
"Maybe he didn't like what he was seeing with the security system around him and said 'thanks, but no thanks'," said Gilliom. "I think he had a good time."