Hanoi: A buffalo about to be slaughtered at
a restaurant escaped and rampaged through the streets of
Vietnam`s capital, injuring one man and throwing traffic into
chaos, police said on Friday.
Policeman Nguyen Dang Hau said the owners of the Loc Vung
restaurant in Hanoi told him they were trying to kill the
animal when it broke free of its tether and ran off down the
Hau was on duty at Chuong Duong Bridge, a major artery
over the Red River two kilometres from the restaurant, when
the melee erupted.
"All of a sudden I saw a big buffalo running quickly
all over the place, before it headed towards me," he said.
The animal galloped into oncoming lunchtime traffic
and injured one man in the head and the body.
"I immediately ordered the owner to kill this buffalo
at the other end of the bridge," Hau said. "It was really
dangerous because many curious people had been following this
animal`s journey through the street."
The policeman and three other men, including the
buffalo`s owner, spent 30 minutes capturing the animal,
eventually surrounding it and tying it up with a rope still
attached to its nose. The owner then killed it with a knife.
The injured man was taken to Viet Duc hospital, but
staff were not able to comment on his condition.
Tuoi Tre newspaper website showed a photograph of the
dead creature lying on the blood-stained bridge.
Buffalo meat is popular in Vietnam, where the animals
are still used for farm work.