Recently, a brave and determined cow escaped from a slaughterhouse in the Park Slope neighborhood of New York City and made his way to Prospect Park in Brooklyn. Not knowing where to turn, the bull wandered into busy traffic, as pedestrians, and drivers zoomed around him in awe of the cow wandering the streets. For the bull’s safety, as well as those around him, police shot him with an air-powered tranquilizer pistol and successfully got the animal into a horse trailer. According to the New York Post, a crowd of 200 gathered to witness the fate of the bull.
Animals who escape slaughterhouses don’t always have a happy ending, but thanks to some incredible rescuers, this bull has a happy ending. He has since been taken to Skylands Animal Sanctuary and Rescue in New Jersey, a safe haven for farm animals.
Fittingly, the bull has been named Shankar, meaning one who “one who brings about happiness or prosperity,” according to Skylands.
Shankar is still a bit shaken up over the ordeal, but in time, he will come to learn that he is safe and loved.
Cows are incredibly gentle, affectionate, and intelligent creatures. They can recognize faces, they form strong bonds with other animals, and even with their large stature, they love to run and play. Sadly, because cows and other farm animals are typically considered “food,” they are treated like commodities rather than individuals. Most never get to experience the incredible bonds of family or friendship. Instead, they are subjected to a life filled with fear, stress, and sadness – but we can change that.
Please share this post with your friends and family so that they too can see how cows, like all animals, simply want to live. To help Shankar on his journey to health and happiness, you can make a donation to Skylands Animal Sanctuary and Rescue here.
Image source: Skylands Animal Sanctuary and Rescue/Facebook