Longhorn on the loose downtown

A longhorn takes a little detour past the Alamo Building and into the Plaza of the Rockies while participating in the annual Ride for the Brand Ranch Rodeo Cattle Drive down Tejon Street in downtown Colorado Springs Friday, Aug. 2, 2019. The rodeo is 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the Norris Penrose Event Center. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

An enterprising cowboy lassoed a longhorn inside the lobby of a downtown Colorado Springs building Friday after the cow broke free from Ride for the Brand Cattle Drive parade and charged its way inside.

Pedestrians scurried out of harm's way during the brief escape as the longhorn romped across a street and through an open door at the Plaza of the Rockies. Fast-thinking spectators quickly shut the door to contain the animal, which emerged moments later, roped by a cowboy atop a horse.

There were no immediate reports of injuries, and several spectators caught the drama on camera.

Amber Keller, who works on the ground floor of the building, was outside watching the tail end of the parade when she saw the longhorn break free from the herd.

"They just got a little ornery. ... She just kind of took off, and the cowboys were right on her," she said of the rogue longhorn.

Keller, who filmed the scene from behind a metal bench, told The Associated Press she wasn't scared, but "everybody was a little concerned and shook up."

"It was a little chaotic," said Keller, who also praised the cowboys' quick response.

"It looked like they had it all under control. I don't think he even flinched going into the building," she said of the cowboy who lassoed the longhorn.

The parade kicked off the annual Ride for the Brand Ranch Rodeo.

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