The clip shows Oliver maneuvering his massive horns, which measure an impressive 9 and a half feet from end to end, through the sliding doors and into the store without hitting anything or getting stuck. Browning repeatedly cautions Oliver to be “easy,” but as you can see, the steer appears to be cool with his shopping adventure. He was greeted with smiles from customers and employees and one worker even gleefully welcomed the farm animal to the store.
“They welcomed Oliver the African Watusi with open arms,” Browning said, per the Facebook post.
Employees and customers took turns approaching Oliver to pet him and/or take photos. It’s not every day you see a steer in Petco, after all.
“People Couldn’t believe it,” Lumpkin said in an interview with USA Today. “The whole staff there was really nice about it and excited.”
According to a report by the Houston Chronicle, Browning and Lumpkin previously broached the idea of bringing Oliver in to the store, but didn’t act on it until early this week. Chrystal Armour, an employee at the store, told the Chronicle she previously spoke with Browning and Lumpkin about Oliver. The Petco worked recalled telling the couple she and her co-workers “would love to meet him,” and were welcome to come by with him whenever. Armour clearly didn’t think the pair would take her up on that offer, however, as she was shocked when Lumpkin suggested it.
“I said, ‘Are you serious?’” she recalled. “She talked to her manager and her manager said, ‘Yeah, bring him in as long as you clean up the mess.’”
Video from Oliver’s Petco outing quickly went viral, even capturing the attention of the pet store chain’s CEO, Ron Coughlin. Cougling tweeted that he was “proud [and a little jealous]” that the Steer had been allowed in the Atascocita store, adding that he wished he’d been able to meet the steer himself. We have our doubts he would have been keen on cleaning up after the animal, however.