Udderly ridiculous! A cow got loose in Old City this morning


Danya Henninger

A cow was loose on the streets of Philadelphia early Thursday morning.

Stormy the cow took to the streets, twice, after escaping from the live nativity scene at the Old First Reformed United Church of Christ at Fourth & Race. Old First brings livestock in each year, and this time around the cow they procured is, well, enormous.

So what does a huge cow stuck in the city for the holidays do? Try to escape, of course.

Around 3 a.m. the bovine was caught on the streets by police and returned to its temporary home. But hours later, Stormy escaped again and was on the, ahem, mooove.

The cow eventually made its way inside the parking garage at the Wyndham Hotel at Fourth and Arch — up to the fourth floor — before being corralled again by authorities.

She was then safely escorted out of the garage. The Wyndham charges $12 per hour for their garage. No word if Stormy was given an early bird, er, cow rate.

Philadelphia police rushed back to the scene to meet the cow in the garage.

Eventually, Stormy was returned to her pen at the nativity scene. No word if the church will have to beef up security to keep the cow from getting out again.

At this time, there was no fowl play involved, but residents are wary.

It was, truly, an udderly ridiculous start to the day in Philly.

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