TARPON SPRINGS — They escaped Wednesday morning but had police on their tails within minutes.
The three calves broke out of a farm on N Jasmine Avenue, just east of U.S. 19 in northeast Pinellas County. The farmer captured one calf right away.
But two others, one red and the other black, sprinted toward downtown Tarpon Springs nearly two miles away.
So did the farmer, lasso in hand.
Calls to police started coming in just before 10 a.m.: A red calf was running on U.S. 19.
The calf took a turn onto Tarpon Avenue, the main street through downtown, but police and the farmer corralled and lassoed it.
That left one calf still on the lam.
Deep in woods behind the Townhomes at North Lake off Keystone Road, officers spotted it. Moments later, it was also captured.
The roundup took less than an hour, and the farmer and his calves headed back home. — Laura C. Morel, Times Staff Writer