One lone cow wasn’t having anything to do with the slaughter house and the brave bovine made an escape to avoid becoming a bundle of prime rib, steaks and hamburger meat. This cow made its escape through the city streets of Queens, New York, which was a frightening venue in comparison to the grazing plains where it was groomed for meat production.
ABC News reports that the cow made a mad dash through Queens and it was very lucky not to get clipped by a vehicle during its brief excursion. The brave steer escaped from a Queens slaughter house just 24 hours before its day of reckoning, where its number was up and the cow was about to meet its maker.
It was quick thinking and maneuvering by NYPD who cornered the beautiful animal in a parking garage and slipped a rope around its neck just for it to be carted back to the slaughter house. According to NBC News, the NYPD did their best cowboy impressions trying to “wrangle the bovine” in from the very busy city streets.
This would have been the end of the story if Mike Stura from a New Jersey animal sanctuary didn’t become aware of the runaway cow’s plight, which he saw on Facebook. Stura hooked his trailer to his vehicle and made his way into the city to talk to the folks at the slaughter house.
He thought that this cow deserved a second chance at life considering it risked its life in a mad dash trying to escape slaughter. When he arrived at the slaughterhouse, Stura learned that this particular cow was already tagged for a family who was ready for its meat. After explaining how the cow could have a nice life on the Skylands Animal Sanctuary in New Jersey, the slaughter house folks let the cow go with Stura.
The Jamaica-Archer Poultry and Meat Market gave the cow to the sanctuary. The cow visited the veterinarian and plans were made to introduce this runaway to the 18 other cows the sanctuary harbors.
The cow was named “Freddy” in honor of Freddie Mercury, the late-lead singer of Queen, which might have something to do with the cow’s escape route through the city streets of Queens. There were no injuries or damage reported during the big escape.
Colleen O’Brien, a spokesperson for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) summed this save up nicely, she said: “This cow’s daring bid for freedom can and should be rewarded with retirement at a sanctuary where the animal will never be hacked apart for brisket or burgers.”