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Wednesday, May 25, 2005
.: Corvallis Gazette-Times :. Archives: "Driver apparently didn't notice falling load in south Corvallis

A group of sheep took refuge at the First Alternative Natural Foods Co-op on Southeast Third Street on Monday, after tumbling out the back of a trailer.

They knew they'd be safe there, what with all the vegetarians about, a customer commented.

The driver of the truck and trailer was apparently unaware he'd lost a portion of his load of livestock as he accelerated from Third Street onto the Highway 34 on-ramp.

Amber Bolton of Corvallis was on her way to the co-op at noon when she saw the sheep fall out of the truck.

'The truck was really full,' she said. 'Obviously nothing was holding them back anymore ... they tumbled and somersaulted out of the truck.'

Corvallis police officers and Benton County sheriff's deputies responded to the scene and the on-ramp was blocked to traffic for a short time while a sheep that had strayed that way was herded into a pasture on the other side of the bridge.

The rest of the startled sheep ran across four lanes of traffic to the Corvallis Sports Park parking lot and then braved the highway again to get to the co-op.

A quick thinking co-op manager, Tamra Wiggins-Wahlert, managed to contain five sheep after they ran into the First Alternative parking lot and headed for the automatic doors.

'I got to the door just in time to say ‘No sheep in the store!' ' she said."
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