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In July 2011, a black Angus cow escaped from her farm on Prindle Hill Road, near the town line dividing Orange and Milford, Connecticut. No one claimed her. She was spotted over the next five months roaming the area with a herd of deer. (Cows have been known to hang out with deer.)


It wasn’t until November that the locals got worried the cow would forage over a wider area once there were no more leaves or grass to eat. That’s when Rick George, the animal control officer for both Milford and Orange, hatched a plot to trap the cow and either return her to the Milford farm she came from, or transfer her somewhere else.


Despite their expertise (and her udder), Rick George and the state agricultural department and veterinarians he recruited to help round up the cow thought she was a castrated bull, the reason she had no horns. They referred to “him” as Waldo.


After twice trying and failing to capture Waldo, the experts finally realized Waldo wasn’t a bull after all. Now they called her Wilhelmina.


After Wilhelmina was seen in Milford’s Calf Pen Meadow neighborhood, Rick George and about nineteen other experts finally succeeded in capturing her. On their third attempt, on December 14, they lured the cow with molasses-soaked grain, corralled and tranquilized her, and unceremoniously scooped her up into a steel cage on a flatbed truck.


From there, Wilhelmina was taken to an animal sanctuary, a farm in Oxford, Connecticut, about twenty miles away, where she was expected to spend the rest of her days.

The real Wilhelmina,

after her capture

News Accounts

of the

Real Wilhelmina’s Wanderings

THE TRUE STORY