A cow that had been stranded on a tiny island in Lake Eufaula is back on the mainland after swimming to shore — with a little nudging and encouragement from local authorities.

Pittsburg County Sheriff Joel Kerns said Wednesday that he and his deputies pushed the cow into the water Tuesday and she swam to the shore.

Kerns said the cow is now on land that belongs to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and that — so far — no one has claimed ownership of the animal.

Kerns says the cow likely wandered onto the land when water levels were recently low, then became stranded when rains raised the lake level.

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