UPDATE: The bull's owner has been found, Morgan Keets said Wednesday afternoon.
First, the bad news: A wandering bull traveled through snowy woods and ended up on the property of a stranger – who happens to own a custom butchering business.
The good news, at least for the lost bull, is that the business owners are animal lovers.
“We have no idea where this fellow came from," said Morgan Keets, who with her husband, Andrew, own Glenville Packing, 1680 Heinle Road. "But he was just standing there next to the barn."
At first, Morgan Keets thought one of her family's bulls might have gotten loose.
"The neighbors' dog we noticed was barking and I couldn't figure out why this dog was going crazy, so I walked around and I'm like, 'Stop barking,'" she said. "And I looked and there stood this bull. And I'm like, 'Did we have an animal get out?'"
But all the animals being kept for processing were in the barn and accounted for, her husband told her.
"I knew somebody was probably missing this fellow," she said of the bull, which is mostly black with a white face and other white markings.
"If somebody is using him for breeding, we definitely didn't want him to get hurt, because he's a nice-looking bull," Morgan said.
With help from neighbors and Crawford County sheriff's deputies, they were able to get the animal into a neighbor's barn late Tuesday, she said. It was still in there on Wednesday, as the search for its owner continued.
It's possible that someone dropped the animal off for processing without calling ahead, but that seemed unlikely, Morgan said — they have no records of an animal being expected and access to the barn was blocked by another vehicle at the time.
"It's just odd that he showed up here, but there's tracks all the way back through the woods, so he came from somewhere — we just don't know where," she said.
The farmers who are housing the bull can only keep it for a while — feed is expensive, Keets explained.
Anyone with information on the bull's owners is asked to call Glenville Packing, 419-562-7171.
This article originally appeared on Bucyrus Telegraph-Forum: Lost bull steers clear of danger despite wandering onto butchers' land