Cow caught galloping through Illinois after escaping senior prank

The steaks for this senior prank were too high.

A bull broke loose and ran through the streets of an Illinois village Thursday while a group of students tried to sneak him into their private all-boys high school, police said.

The video shows the animal galloping through Niles, which borders directly on Chicago’s far northwest border, while a group of disgruntled students try to contain it.

Roger Plummer told Storyful that he spotted the fluffy brown cow taking a break when he got home from work just before 6am

“I looked and said loudly, ‘Is that a cow walking down the street?'” Plummer said. “A group of young men ran and drove down the road in pursuit of the cow.”

The cow was on the run for several hours after the slaughtered prank before professionals could check it.

Niles Police determined that several students at Northridge Preparatory School were responsible for accidentally releasing the animal.

“The students were apparently involved in a so-called ‘senior prank’ by bringing Live
animals to school,” the department said.

The cow runs through the street.
A cow walked the streets of Niles, Illinois for several hours early Thursday as part of a slaughtered senior citizen prank.
Photo credit: Roger Plummer via Storyful

However, the cow wasn’t the only animal involved in the boys’ prank.

The seniors bought the cow and a pig from Craigslist, while another student brought his family’s chickens to their private college prep school.

Fortunately for the boys, school officials decided not to tan their skins and refrained from pursuing criminal charges.

They were faced with multiple ordinance reprimands including collecting animal droppings – not allowed, prohibited species, curfew violations and disorderly conduct.

The cow runs through the street.
The animal escaped when high school students tried to sneak it into the school as part of a senior prank.
Photo credit: Roger Plummer via Storyful

Northridge Preparatory School conducts its own internal investigation and manages the cleanup and removal of all animals.

The Wisconsin native cow will spend the rest of her days at Hooved Animals Humane Society, a rehabilitation farm in Woodstock, Illinois.


JACLYN DIAZ is a USTimeToday U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. JACLYN DIAZ joined USTimeToday in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing

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