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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.

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NYPD 103rd Precinct



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.

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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

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164 comments on “BREAKING: Cow Who Escaped Slaughterhouse, Only to be Returned, Gets a Happy Ending!”

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Judi Green Hershel
4 Months Ago

Much appreciation to the wonderful and kind people who saved beautiful Freddie. It simply breaks my heart that there are so many who won't be so lucky.

Annette Bearpark
4 Months Ago

Yay.....this is a smart animal. I live in the country surrounded by dairy farms and cows are not stupid. They love music and they are very affectionate. They really do know what is going on. So pleased he is safe <3

Sue Cowell
4 Months Ago

A calf? How can anyone eat a baby?

Matt Martella
4 Months Ago

Homeward Bound 3

Maryrita Dobiel
4 Months Ago

Not such a dumb animal after all!

Indiana Druna
4 Months Ago

They know they're going to die. That's why they escape. They understand. They feel. And we just kill and eat them like they are no one. This is so sad.

Kevin Stapleton Snr
4 Months Ago

Great story. Not sure what age or sex this cattle beast is. But it had a lucky escape. Ie... A cow is an adult female cattle beast that has given birth to a calf. A calf is a baby cattle beast under one year old. It's also referred to here as him. Him is a male, referred as bull, or in some cases referred to as bullock if he has been castrated

Felina Adkins
4 Months Ago

I am very happy he is safe. My hope is that humans learn that there is a correlation between eating vegan and being healthy. Also that mass consumption of meat is directly related to multiple diseases.

Kay Muldoon
24 Jan 2016

Absolutely. But we still live in a meat loving society. :(

Mary Ann Haywood Miller
4 Months Ago

What about the goat that the news said escaped and did the same thing on the streets and got rounded up? What happened to him?

Giselle Tonee
4 Months Ago

Remember to donate to rescue groups so they can keep doing this.


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