Fugitive cow makes a break for it in Jamaica

A steer escaped a slaughterhouse in Jamaica today, leading cops on an hours-long chase around the neighborhood. Sadly, the animal died , most likely of stress, shortly after being captured.
Photo by Ellis Kaplan
By Patrick Donachie

A bull broke loose onto the streets of Jamaica Tuesday morning before being taken into captivity by the police, but it later died, according to the NYPD.

The NYPD said a fugitive bull was first reported to authorities at about 10:35 a.m. near the corner of Archer Avenue and Sutphin Boulevard in the confines of the 103rd Precinct. Police said there was no indication as of yet where the bull had originally come from, though there are several slaughterhouses in the Jamaica area. Pictures of the bull showed what looked like several tranquilizer darts sticking out of its side during the chase.

Last year, Jamaica was the site of two bovines making a break for it. In January 2016, a cow escaped from a slaughterhouse in southeastern Queens. The cow was captured and was later named Freddie after ending up at Skylands Animal Sanctuary and Rescue in Wantage, N.J. A bull broke loosefrom captivity in April 2016, eventually winding on up the York College CUNY campus before being captured. Comedian Jon Stewart and his wife, animal advocate Tracey Stewart, helped rescue the bull from an uncertain fate, helping transport him to an upstate sanctuary.

The bull was brought to a crematorium after its death, police said.

Reach reporter Patrick Donachie by e-mail at pdonachie@cnglocal.com or by phone at (718) 260–4573.

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