In a joint effort of the Texas law enforcement authority and some brave cowboys, 200 cattle were saved from certain death, after they had become surrounded by water due to the recent flooding of the Trinity River area.
The animals were guided to safety on the best paths available and calves were transported in boats, all in the hope of saving them from the floodwater that was closing in on them. Despite the fact that some animals did not make it, the fact that the majority of them managed to be saved is an extraordinary achievement, because when these large animals become frightened, they are extremely difficult to control.
The animals were lead on a perilous 70-mile path, through dangerous rising waters and areas where alligators run loose. Then, the animals were led along a highway, taking the paved road to their temporary home through the city of Dalton.
The animals left from the Liberty Bell Ranch, where 1,800 acres of land were quickly reduced to 50 by the enraged waters, leaving the animals to drown or starve to death on the the small piece of land they remained with.
The 200 cows were led along the roads of Dalton and the people were extremely excited to see that with their own eyes, as it was a sight that they had never witnessed before in their lives, despite the town’s reputation.
The cattle crossing in such great numbers was a reminder of the former glory of the cowboy era, when such sights constituted daily routine practices. And so, some locals gathered in the town center out of curiosity and some sort of nostalgia towards past times, but the result was that the heard was cheered along their way to a Dalton ranch that will house the animals until they are able to be transported back to Liberty Bell Ranch, once the flooding clears out.
“It’s not every day you see a cattle drive going through a major highway going through downtown,” said Captain Ken DeFoor, Sheriff of Liberty County in an interview with the Houston Chronicle. One Dalton resident called the whole thing a taste of the Old West returning to these lands.
It took 150 people to transport the 200 cattle to safety, but they managed to do so and this is a success worthy of remembrance, because they did it with the basic means that they had at their disposal, with a minimal use of technology but a lot of heart. Most importantly, the 200 animals were saved from a cruel agonizing death in the middle of the floodwater of Trinity River and have now been provided with temporary shelter.
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