A STEER brought to Parliament House in Perth for a promotion got loose of its handler and hoofed it, causing pandemonium. See the footage.
The bovine visitor was one of two to visit the political precinct on Thursday as part of RUOK? Day celebrations and to promote the Perth Royal Show.
But Winston, as he’s known, got a bit agitated and slipped loose of his handler, before charging off across the lawn, leaping a chain fence and some bushes and heading out onto the street.
The speedy steer was only a short way into his venture through the city’s inner-western suburbs when he was brought under control, Perth Now reports.
However he wasn’t up for his big media debut, leaving that to his companion Clementine.
But she was also apparently nervous with all the attention and relieved herself on a camera, causing West Australian Agriculture Minister Alannah MacTiernan to candidly remark: “Clementine’s pissing it in!”
Winston’s handler Peter Milton told the news website that the cow had another public appearance scheduled for tomorrow.
“It was Winston’s first day out in three months, his first public appearance. I guess he got a bit embarrassed,” Mr Milton said.
Or perhaps Winston’s anxiety was caused by the fact that tomorrow’s event, also for RUOK? Day, is a barbecue.
However Ms MacTiernan later reassured reporters that Winston was a guest of honour and not on the menu.
“I’m really pleased that Winston behaved just as we hoped he did and created a bit of excitement for the media — now that is a well-trained piece of cattle.”