By Danielle Kutchel and Mitchell Clarke
A cow has caused a painful peak hour morning commute on the Monash, with traffic moo-ving slowly thanks to the bovine on the loose.
Traffic was brought to a halt as authorities managed to hold the cow near Clyde Road at 6.30am on Friday 11 October.
A spokesperson for the Department of Transport said a cattle truck was called to pick up the stray bovine.
While he couldn’t say what would happen to the cow afterwards, he said he hoped it would be helped back to a pasture where it could live a long, happy life.
There’s also no word as to how the cow managed to make it across the arterial.
The spokesperson said motorists should expect delays, with the right lane inbound near Clyde Road currently blocked and speeds down to 40 km past the police responders.
Traffic controller Rickii Hard was first on scene and called VicRoads immediately.
“The cow had no obvious injuries at all, so we were confident it hadn’t come off a truck,” he said.
“The police thought it wasn’t well but I thought it just seemed tired, like it had been on a mission to get to where it was.
“I would hope it isn’t destroyed. It looked like it just needed a good feed and rest.
“I could feel the vibe it had been through some stress to get to where it was. Not to mention the stress of where it was an the traffic picking up.”
Another eye-witness drove past and said the cow was resting against a fence and looked to be stunned.
“It looked miserable. Its eyes were closed and it had blood on it,” he said.
“Hopefully the authorities do the right thing and allow the animal to live a happy life on a sanctuary.”
Victoria Police was contacted but a spokesperson could only comment that the cow had been restrained.