A runaway bull has sent campers scampering for cover as it rampaged through the showgrounds at Murray Bridge in South Australia.
The animal originally broke free from a livestock transporter on the road bridge over the River Murray in the centre of town.
Witnesses said the animal ‘demolished’ the back of its trailer before making a run for it into oncoming traffic on the narrow crossing.
Police gave chase and eventually cornered the rampaging bull at the Murray Bridge showgrounds some three kilometres away … and that’s where things got really interesting.
The Murray Bridge News reports that campers cowered in their caravans or watched from a distance as the panicky bull rampaged around the showground, with police cars and stockmen racing around trying to cut it off.
It took another hour for the group to corral the bull and get it back in ‘custody’.
Campground visitor Faye Bolden, of Warrnambool, told the Murray Bridge News she had encountered the bull twice during the morning – she got caught in the traffic jam on the bridge, then caught up in the police chase at the showground.
Camper Richard Brooks, from Adelaide, saw the humour in the situation.
“I said ‘do you want me to bring a red tea towel’?” he said.
The bull reportedly dented a gate, snapped a guy rope off an annexe and bumped into a campervan during its wild bid for freedom, but no one was injured.
The bull had been bound for Alice Springs, via Dublin, after being picked up in Naracoorte earlier in the morning.
It’s not the first time, an out-of-control bull has given grey nomads a scare. In 2015, a bull ran amok in an NT caravan park leaving travellers running for cover.