Early one morning this past September, workers from KIST Livestock Auction began loading cattle into a trailer. KIST, located in Mandan, North Dakota, had sold the cattle at an auction the day before, and now the cattle were headed to their new homes. But as the cattle were driven up the ramp, one cow broke loose. She swung around, charged past the workers, and made her way through the gate to the Mandan Strip, a nearby highway. Police were called, and for an hour and a half, they helped the workers chase the runaway. Finally, the cow ran into a fenced cornfield owned by KIST. The workers locked the gates behind her and went back to their jobs.
During the next few weeks, workers tried to lure the cow from the cornfield by putting water out, but the cow proved very skittish, coming out to drink and quickly disappearing again. Finally after a full month, the workers discovered the reason for the cow’s strange behavior. One day, the cow came out to drink as usual, but this time she was leading a little calf! About three weeks old, he looked exactly like his mother. The workers were surprised to see the new arrival. “We thought she was just hiding by herself, but she was hiding something good,” said Jesse Kist, one of the workers. The cow was recaptured shortly thereafter, and is being kept at KIST so she can raise her calf. Both of them are doing well. The cow is still very protective of her calf however, charging at anyone who dares to come close!