The two friends eventually jumped the guardrail and headed off into the snow-speckled forest.
By the time a state trooper arrived, the cows were nowhere to be seen. But the local police remained curious about what happened to the animals.
Two weeks later, on New Year's Eve, after a few reported spottings of random bulls in that stretch of woods, Sgt. Damon Radcliffe from the York County Sheriff's Office acquired some bales of hay and decided to try to find them.
Even though Radcliffe spent days and covered several miles trying to find the bull, whom he called Ferdinand (after the story of the gentle bull), the animal was still at large.
Finally, a local animal rescuer, Victoria Nation, who recently started an animal sanctuary in the area, Grateful Meadows, had an idea about who could help: a local cowboy.
“Victoria called me and asked if I could help catch the bull,” Steve Haislip, the cowboy, said. “I told her yes.”