THUA THIEN – HUE – Phu Bai Airport near Hue was closed down yesterday (Tuesday 24) after a "strange" ox, possibly the giant gaur, was found roaming in the vicinity.
On one side, where construction of a fence is in progress, the airport borders a highway, and the animal is thought to have entered the complex and be hiding behind some vegetation now.
Thua Thien – Hue authorities have told airport officials to corral the ox within the airport and not let it out.
Do Chi Thanh, director of the Phu Bai Airport Authority, told the media on Tuesday (July 24) that all flights from and to the airport were cancelled from early morning until 6pm for safety reasons.
Some 100 airport security guards, police officers, and forest rangers were guarding the airport to prevent the animal from entering the nearby residential areas.
Thua Thien – Hue authorities sought the advice of wild animal experts from HCM City.
Rangers said they would use tranquilliser darts rather than kill the rare animal.
Residents of Huong Thuy town, a kilometre from the airport, said the ox, which looks different from other oxen with long, curved horns and shiny black hair – appeared in the area a couple of days ago. It was double the size of a domestic ox, they claimed.
It is the prime suspect in the killing of an 85-year-old local woman on Monday. Nguyen Thi Thi was found gored to death behind her house on July 13.
Phan Van Thong, chairman of the Huong Thuy People's Committee, said the creature looks similar to one that appeared in the area over a year ago.
"The animal eluded our attempts to capture it." – VNS