Dutch Taurus cow. (not a deserter) Photo: Henri Kerkdijk-Otten via Wikimedia Commons

The bull, which bid for freedom in the Westendorp village of Afterhoek on Monday, thwarted police capture attempts for 24 hours before voluntarily returning to its stables.

The escaped bull was not alone, but two companions were quickly apprehended, local broadcaster Omroep Gelderland reported. The largest and most dangerous bull jumped over the hood of a parked car, stopped it and drove away, causing panic in the village.

Police set off Burger Net alarms to warn people, ask them to report the animal’s whereabouts, and flew drones over the surrounding countryside. None of their efforts resulted in the capture of the bull, but the bull was found back in the stable the next morning.

“I don’t know where he’s been, but I haven’t heard of anyone getting hurt. All’s well that ends well,” a police spokeswoman told the station.

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