Party Animals on the Loose: Bunch of Bovines in Boxford Break Free and Crash Beer Bash

Submitted by Elaine Magliaro, Guest Blogger

People may believe that residents of New England are staid and reserved. That may be true of some but definitely not all of us. It’s also not true of our farm animals—and I have a news story to prove it:

According to reports, a half dozen bovines invited themselves to a backyard party in Boxford, Massachusetts, last Sunday. Police Lt. James Riter said that the human partiers, a group of young adults, abandoned their beers and “decamped to the deck” of the house when the animals arrived. Riter added that the bovines knocked over the plastic cups of Bud Light and Miller Lite that the party goers left behind on the table. He claimed there was evidence that the bovines—six Belted ­Galloways—appeared to prefer the Bud Light.

Riter, who is a 21-year veteran of the Boxford police force, said that he has had encounters with the animal kingdom in the past. “I’ve been chased by Texas longhorns, chased by an ornery horned goat and his friend the donkey. Once I had a snapping turtle invade a 5-year-old’s birthday party and then refuse to leave the cruiser when we transported it.”

Fortunately, no humans or ruminants were hurt at the beer bash last Sunday. The bovines made it back home safely after their evening of binge drinking. There were no charges of public intoxication filed against any of the Belted Galloways.

Beer-guzzling cows crash Boxford party (Boston Globe)
Drinking cows crash party (Salem News)

25 thoughts on “Party Animals on the Loose: Bunch of Bovines in Boxford Break Free and Crash Beer Bash”

  1. Great story….. Saw something similar to this on the History Channel about the wild boars…… They are even in Russia……

  2. Lotta,

    Feeding patterns among wild herbivores and ev psychoactive preferences.

    Moose are known for eating primarily pines and junipers.
    However the mothers bring their young to eat my apples off the tree each year, and do not seem to prefer the fall fruit.

    Our rå-deer are multi-eaters eating different plants on each meal tour. They consume readily buds etc so your best flowers will be lost before blooming—-hence our wire fence.

    Cows? There are a few farmers here (in Sweden) who still do the old style to let them out for free grazing in the meadows and woods. No facts.

    But we see here they can follow the smell of beer from afar.

  3. That is awesome! The best part is that the cows liked Bud Light best. If Budweiser was smart they would turn this into a commercial. Cows show up at party, chase young adults away, and steal their beer, but only the bud light beer.

  4. Elaine, definitely a fun one for the holiday, theyre just enjoying what humans do to celebrate ((*_*)) and I love your moo-chers pun.

  5. Everybody must get stoned.
    Critters other than ourselves are noterious heads, it’s hardwired, and good for them. At least their lives aren’t ruined by the (laughable) American criminal justice system’s approach to drugs.

    “Animals Getting High: New Book Explores Feeling Good In The WIld

    But do we really know whether these animals like the psychoactive effects of the drug, or are they just willing to put up with them as a side effect of consuming a valuable food source? After all, fermented fruit is a tasty and nutritious meal. While it’s hard to dissociate these motivations in animals, many cases suggest that the psychoactive effect is the primary motivator for consumption. Often, only a tiny amount of plant or fungus is consumed, so while its nutritional effect is minuscule its psychoactive effect is large.”


  6. Don’t make the bovines angry. I worked at a ConAgra beef plant once. We had to stun them in the head.

  7. I relate to the ‘humaness’. Not political. Not anything but people, and cows.

    Here in Nova Scotia, where we have been spending a good deal of time, this story would tickle the folks.

Comments are closed.