The bull who caused a frenzy on CUNY’s York College campus in Jamaica on Friday morning received help from a famous friend, an Animal Care Centers (ACC) spokesperson said.
Comedian and former “The Daily Show” host Jon Stewart and his wife Tracey picked the cow up from an ACC’s location in Brooklyn and took the steer to Farm Sanctuary in Watkins Glenn, New York, according to the animal rescue group’s Facebook.
According to Katy Hansen, a spokesperson for ACC, staff named him Frank Lee after the notorious Alcatraz prisoner, Frank Lee Morris, who escaped in 1962. Hansen said the one-year-old male remained unharmed during his journey through CUNY’s York College campus.
At around 10:00 a.m., bystanders at the college began posting Instagram videos of the steer running through the grass in the vicinity of Liberty Avenue and 106th Street on campus. An Instagram video shows police officers corralling the cow with a rope.
According to an NYPD spokesperson, the cow was escorted to ACC in Brooklyn after they managed to wrangle it. The steer escaped from a truck ready to deliver it to a slaughterhouse in Jamaica. ACC was prepared to raise $1,000 to purchase the cow from its owner, a cattle rancher in Monticello, N.Y., The New York Times reported.
Frank Lee was picked up by the Stewarts on Friday afternoon with the help of Mike Stura, an employee at Skylands Animal Sanctuary and Rescue, an organization started by Tracey Stewart.
This isn’t the first time a cow was spotted in the neighborhood. In January, another cow escaped from a Jamaica slaughterhouse. Cops managed to wrangle the cow, affectionately nicknamed Freddie, and delivered it to a sanctuary after a petition was started to stop the animal from being killed.
Officials were not able to confirm if the most recent cow escaped from the same slaughterhouse.