Alligator, cow delay visitors in Houston, flip commute into zoo

HOUSTON (AP) – Some days, traffic in the Houston area can be a nightmare. Other days it can literally be a zoo.

A cow and alligator caused traffic delays on Wednesday in various incidents in which the animals took a spin on the streets of the Houston area.

At around 8 a.m., the cow was spotted on Interstate 10 east of Houston and traffic stopped during the morning rush hour. Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez tweeted that a pedestrian tried to rope the cow on.

The cattle division of the sheriff’s office later arrived at the scene and was able to take the cow to a nearby cemetery, where it was loaded onto a trailer and reunited with its owners. The uninjured cow had escaped from a nearby farm.

A few hours later, a not fast but angry alligator was parked on the shoulder of a busy bridge near the Houston suburb of Baytown. At least one lane was closed when several officers, including members of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, put a rope around the reptile’s neck. After the alligator wrestled and spun on the ground, officers held him while his mouth was taped shut.

KTRK-TV reported that the alligator was placed on the back of a truck and taken to a nearby waterway where it was released.

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