The cow affectionately named Lola has become famous in recent days after agents of the La Laguna Local Police found her, at dawn last Sunday, walking down a central street in the city and intercepted her and transferred her to her offices in the center, becoming , without a doubt, in the most peculiar arrest made by the security body to date.
Lola, who is actually called Mejorana, according to José Manuel Trujillo, the rancher who owns the animal, was at his farm in San Diego, after having participated that day in the Las Mercedes pilgrimage, “and her calf stayed on the other exploitation of Tegueste”, he recounts, so they believe that the animal “escaped at night looking for the calf, because it has been there for six months on the loose, with nine more, and it had never left”. In fact, he points out that what has happened “is not usual” and acknowledges that he does not know how the cow managed to jump the two-meter-high wall that was on the farm.
From San Diego, the animal traveled a kilometer without anyone seeing it, until it reached Calle la Carrera, in the historic center, where “a patrol that was on duty saw a loose cow trotting down the street, in the direction towards the City Hall”, indicates Antonio Amador, deputy inspector of the Local Police and head of the service that night. “The truth is that when our colleagues told us we didn’t believe it, at first we thought it was a joke, because at four in the morning a cow in La Laguna is a bit strange,” he admits.
So, upon receipt of the statement, two more cars came, because “the fear we had was that it would get into traffic towards the Vía de Ronda”. “He tried to stop her by blocking her with the cars, but she dodged them, and she came down Calle del Agua to the casino. There I joined the operation and got out of the car, I tried to catch it with my hands and it started to run, because the animal was scared and got into the parking lot of the old market. There, about the fourth or fifth attempt, I managed to corner her in one of the corners of the alley of San Roque and I managed to grab her by the arigón and we took her to Headquarters”, she says, to the offices of the Local Police next to the City Hall, ” where we have the cars” and because at that time “it was the closest place to leave it”.
“We took her walking to the premises and she was super tame. She was tied up there, they gave her water and she didn’t want to, ”she indicates. She spent the night there and part of the following day, until she managed to locate the owner, in the afternoon. “I was about to have a heart attack,” says José Manuel Trujillo, “because I didn’t know if I had caused an accident or something, but nothing, it all remained an anecdote.”
And luckily it was. “It has remained a pure anecdote, because if it had been at seven in the evening or at a time when there had been more traffic or that we had gotten into the Vía de Ronda… The good thing is that it did not cause damage to buildings, nor with the cars that were crossed or were parked ”, points out the deputy inspector of the Local Police.
Antonio Amador acknowledges that they had never encountered a situation like this in the body: “There have been problems with runaway horses, donkeys that have escaped…, but I have been surprised by the repercussions this has had.”
After her adventure, Lola, or Mejorana, is back on her farm, where she remains “calm, she is very noble,” says her farmer, also amazed by the fame with which the animal has returned.
Lola, as we affectionately named her, went for a walk from her block in San Diego. We managed to intercept it in a pedestrian zone (for people, not for cows). We took her to the police station.
There was no risk to people. Nor for Lola, who is already at home. pic.twitter.com/fUg4yGHu2b
– Local Police LL (@policialalaguna) May 15, 2023