A steer running loose among visitors to Hollywild Animal Park's annual Christmas lights event created a stampede of sorts on social media Wednesday night.
According to park officials, the steer, named Eggo, apparently jumped a fence in the Santa's Village area of the park.
David Meeks, executive director of the park, said the steer may have considered a nearby buffalo a threat, and jumped the fence to get away from the other animal. Meeks said in a written statement that he believes it was an isolated incident that was quickly resolved by staff.
"In the 23 years we have run this event, we have never had an incident like this happen," Meeks said. "We do allow animals in the public areas, and we took him quickly to a stall where he would feel secure. We thank the public for their response to our staff to ensure safety for the people and animal involved."
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Several visitors told staff that they saw the steer jump the fence that was at least 4 feet tall, and staff, not finding the gate open or holes in the fence, believe that's how it got out. Staff responded immediately, Meeks said, and discouraged visitors from trying to assist, according to the statement.
The incident happened about 8 p.m. and Meeks said visitors were back in the Santa's Village area again by 9 p.m. At Santa's Village, visitors can feed animals, which are in pens and paddocks.
Several people made comments about the steer's escape on Twitter. One woman tweeted: "Went to Hollywild and ended up locked in a shelter because a bull got out and was charging people...So glad nothing happened."