Runaway bull captured after getting loose in downtown Rockford, taking swim in Rock River

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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WTVO) — There was some excitement in West Rockford on Monday morning as a runaway bull raced through several neighborhoods before taking a dip in the Rock River.

Around 10:25 a.m., the bull was seen racing across W. State Street and through yards on its way to downtown.

After running through Beattie Park, the animal waded into the Rock River and was seen swimming beneath the Jefferson Street Bridge.

Rockford Police Chief Dan O’Shea says his officers were ready for the unique challenge.

“The officers gotta think on their feet, or on their hooves as the case may be and they just have to try and corral the animal without hurting the animal, whatever the animal maybe. Today it was a bull,” said O’Shea. “We do have some of our officers work on farms and have farms and you know you just gotta go with the flow.”

Just before 1 p.m., agents from Winnebago County Animal Services and the Rockford Police Department were able to capture the animal once it returned to land, at Rock and Lane Streets..

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