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"Quick Takes" Continued...

Issue: "The Battle for Africa," Feb. 8, 2014

Sitting bull

For six months, a German farmer near Regensburg tried in vain to capture his runaway bull. He attempted to lasso the animal, but the bull would always flee into the woods. The farmer tried shooting the beast with a tranquilizer, but the darts proved ineffective. But where the unidentified farmer failed, neighbor Werner Dechant succeeded. In January, Dechant saw the black bull eating grain out of a bucket on his property and tried and failed to snare the cautious bovine. But Dechant had an idea for when the animal returned. The next day, Dechant mixed more grain with a bottle of vodka. The day after, Dechant soaked the grain in two more bottles of the spirit. Once liquored up, the escaped bull was easy to capture and was returned to its owner.

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