A cow that was spotted walking along a Georgia Interstate in late January has found a new home at a Sussex County animal sanctuary.
The cow named LEOna, who a vet estimates to be 1-years-old to 1-and-a-half-years-old, was picked up by Skylands Animal Sanctuary And Rescue on Monday.
“Well, today we said goodbye to our good friend LEOna. We had grown quite fond of Miss Moo Moo but unfortunately we just weren’t equipped to keep her full time,” Savannah Police Department said in a Facebook post.
In late January, Savannah police were called to Interstate 16 after a cow was spotted taking a little trip down the side of the road. After she became Facebook-famous police learned that she had been seen over the past month or so in the general area but no one was ever able to catch her, police said.
LEOna was very tired and hungry but she was still very hesitant to go along with the line of police officers trying to persuade her to go into the horse trailer. She finally did and has since been hanging out with the horses until we could find her owners, police said.
“Now you might think that the owners of our cute little cow-cow would come forward immediately. Silence. We got lots of calls from people sending tips about where the cows might possibly be from and just as many from people who were interested in adopting her, but no owners,” police said.
“After days stretched on, Animal Control and our Mounted Unit began looking into the list of people interested in adopting her. After all she had been through, Little LEOna deserved an amazing forever home,” police said.
Skylands Animal Sanctuary And Rescue, located in Wantage Township, then reached out to the Savannah Police Department.
“Why did he come all the way to Savannah for LEOna? He said he was tagged in our Facebook post and it just touched him and “felt right” so he reached out immediately, police said.
Mike from the animal sanctuary showed up with his trailer on Monday to take LEOna to her new home.
“Our Mounted Unit said their goodbyes and then began the game of tricking LEOna into the trailer. It took a broom, a harness, some feed and a little patience to get her into the trailer,” police said.
“We’re a little sad to see her go but also very happy! Mike promises to provide us with plenty of photos and videos of her with her new cow friends (and you we’re going to share),” police said.