Cow escapes church nativity scene twice in one day

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Cow escapes church nativity scene twice in one day

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A cow that is part of a church's live nativity scene escaped its pen twice Thursday morning, making her way to a major highway the first time she got out, police said. 

Some highway lanes were closed when Stormy, a 7-year-old Hereford, was spotted around 2:15 a.m. walking southbound on I-95 before being corralled and taken back to Old First Reformed United Church of Christ, according to WPVI.  The cow escaped again around 6:20 a.m., the Philadelphia TV station said. 

Pennsylvania State Police, Philadelphia police and animal control personnel worked to corral her.

Rev. Michael Caine said the live scene has been part of the church’s festivities since 1973. A farmhand and veterinary technician oversee the care of the animals. 

Caine said it appeared that someone tampered with the gate to Stormy’s enclosure, allowing the cow to wander off.

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