Neighbours of an airbase of the UK Royal Air Force (RAF) got more than they bargained for this morning when “alarms were raised” for an unusual cause – a herd of heifers.

The young cattle broke out from their owner’s farm in Shropshire, England, and roamed near an RAF base in Shawbury

After seemingly having a good look around, the animals in question were quickly gathered and led back to the nearby farm from where they broke out in a joint operation of RAF staff, local police and the farmer owner.

Image source: RAF Shawbury

Taking to social media to poke fun at the incident today, Tuesday, January 7, RAF Shawbury’s Twitter account noted:

“Residents near RAF Shawbury woke up to an unusual alarm this morning – a herd of cows!



“Having been alerted, the RAF Police and MPGS [Military Provost Guard Service] rounded up the suspects with West Mercia Police stopping traffic to assist the farmer in safely getting them back to the farm.

“Happy ‘Moo’ Year,” the tweet concluded.

Image source: RAF Shawbury