'Rampaging' Cavan bull is not really a bull at all
Published 18/10/2011 | 05:00
The famous Cavan bull that made headlines across the world last week was a heifer.
CCTV footage of the animal running amok in The Porter House pub in Kingscourt, Co Cavan, was beamed to homes all over Europe, America and Australia.
Dozens of TV networks, online news sites and print media carried the story of the "crazed bull" that "rampaged" through the public house, forcing customers to flee.
However, Kingscourt Mart sales agents Keenan Auctioneers confirmed that the bull was actually a 310kg Limousin-cross heifer.
The heifer was bought for €735 by a local farmer who asked the mart staff to keep the heifer in a loading pen while he attended his son's football match.
When he returned later that evening to collect the animal, she escaped while being loaded and ran into the backyard of The Porter House across the road from the mart.
It is understood that despite being warned to keep the door closed, drinkers at the pub could not help taking a peek at the animal, who subsequently followed them into the bar.
The heifer's exploits were the talk of buyers at Kingscourt Mart ringside on Saturday, where 600 weanlings sold for €800-1,040/hd.