A brave and determined calf managed to escape from a New York City slaughterhouse on Thursday, January 21, 2016 and went for a romp through the streets of Jamaica, Queens. Not knowing where to turn, the calf wandered into busy traffic, as pedestrians, and drivers zoomed around him, in awe of the cow wandering the streets. Thanks to some incredible rescuers, though, this calf will have a happy ending.
The calf took off into the street desperate to save his own life.
After he wandered inside of a parking garage, members of the NYPD’s Emergency Services Unit finally corralled him in with a rope.
This was the same police department that saved a goat from slaughter just days earlier. Unfortunately, the young cow was not about to be as lucky, as police officers brought the cow back to the slaughterhouse he had escaped from. Despite the cow’s valiant effort to reclaim his freedom, the slaughterhouse said that he would be killed along with the rest of the calves the following day. Upon learning this, amazing rescuers from Skylands Animal Sanctuary and Rescue stepped in to intervene.
As soon as word spread that this cow was going to be sent back for slaughter, the Skylands team leaped into action to save the cow within hours of his planned death. Unfortunately, the team arrived at night, only to find that the slaughterhouse had closed.
They stayed overnight in hopes of saving the cow before it would be too late.
With determination and a bit of luck, their hard work paid off just before 8 a.m. the next day. Just hours before the slaughter was set to begin, rescuers were able to negotiate with the slaughterhouse to allow the calf, now named Freddie, to be taken to the sanctuary.
Freddie is saved!
The first stop on Freddie’s trip home to Skylands will be a trip to the vet so he can get the medical care he needs. From there, he will join new furry and feathered friends on the rolling pastures of the sanctuary. Freddie will live out his days in peace, never having to fear the sounds of a slaughterhouse again!
To help Freddie on his journey to health and happiness, you can make a donation to Skylands Animal Sanctuary and Rescue here.
Lead image source: NYPD 103rd Precinct/Twitter