Bobby the calf enjoys a stroll around Calliope.
Bobby the calf enjoys a stroll around Calliope. Facebook

Calf wanders around Calliope tracked by social media

AN escapee calf has had the town of Calliope talking as residents follow his progress on social media.

Bobby, belonging to Angus and Renae Shelford, has been heading out for a wander over the past few days.

Renae said the much-loved calf was a bit of an escape artist.

"He's been out twice in the past three days. I don't know how he gets out," she said.

"Hubby did some fencing over the weekend but Bobby is still getting out."

During the most recent escape, Bobby's photo was posted to the Gladstone Classifieds Facebook page, where residents were able to follow his progress and let Renae know where he was.

The Shelfords and their five children live on 25 acres on Stowe Rd, backing onto the golf course.

They have had Bobby since he was a newborn.

The calf was found, umbilical cord still attached, near the rail line by some train drivers who nearly ran over him.

Renae said the drivers had tried to find the calf's mother and the property he had come from, but had no luck.

"We had a pig at the time and horses, and they offered him to us," she said.

"I didn't think he would survive. He couldn't stand, and we had to force feed him and bottle feed him."

The calf is now about 11 months old and is very gentle.

Renae said he loved eating carrots, apples, dog food - anything he could get hold of.

"The dogs lick his face. He's used to being licked by them, and puts his head down for the dogs," she said.

Commenting on a post on the Gladstone Classifieds page, Rebecca-kay Francis said she had had a visit from Bobby on Tuesday night.

"About 11 at night I got up to yell at the dogs for barking and heard a moo," she wrote.

"I joked with my partner, it sounds like there's a cow in the front yard, looked out the front window and low and behold, there was a cow outside the window!

"He lives behind us I think. We led him back out that way but he must have come back between the houses."



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