Roaming bull forces airport closure

05:11, Jul 24 2012

An airport in one of Vietnam's tourist cities has been closed because of a roaming bull.

The animal was first spotted Monday (local time) morning in a wooded area that borders the airport's runway in the central city of Hue.

Nearly 100 police officers, soldiers and rangers were mobilized to stop the bull from crossing onto the runway.

On Tuesday, they were aiming to tranquilize the bull.

Airport director Do Chi Thanh says they closed Phu Bai Airport Tuesday morning until 6pm (local) for safety reasons.

He says it could be opened earlier if the bull is put under control. The closure could affect 15 domestic flights.

Thanh says bulls haven't been spotted in the area before and it's unclear where the bull came from.

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