Cattle broke loose from a slaughter house in north St. Louis Thursday afternoon and were on the run.

The cows were initially running near North Market Street and North Vandeventer at around 1 p.m. The cows got away from the Star Packing Company on the 3800 block of Cote Brilliante after someone left the gate open.

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St. Louis police spotted the cattle running along Grand Avenue and worked throughout the neighborhood to coral them for several hours.

Omar Hamdan with Star Packing Company says an open gate at the slaughterhouse allowed the kosher heifers to slip free - the first such escape Hamdan says he's seen in more than 40 years in the business. He says the cattle from Greenville, Illinois were likely frighten further by their first trip to the city.

"They've never seen this kind of environment so that's probably why they went crazy," said Hamdan.

Despite the matador-like duty of police officers and slaughterhouse workers rounding up the cattle in parks and parking lots, no injuries were reported.

All of the cattle were captured by 6 p.m.

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