Scheduled for slaughter, a cow escaped from the Jamaica Archer Live Poultry and Meat Market (yes, there are slaughterhouses in New York City) and found its way to the streets of Queens, New York Thursday. A video captured the bovine attracting much attention in the neighborhood while trying to run for his life.
The NYPD Emergency Unit was dispatched, called for backup (in this case officers mounted on horses) and eventually cornered, tied, and pulled the cow into a livestock trailer. Despite the rescue, the cow was still scheduled for slaughter the next day.
Rescue finally came by Skylands Animal Sanctuary & Rescue. Friday morning the owner of the sanctuary picked up the animal and took it to safety, sparing the animal from slaughter after all. A Facebook post shows the cow has settled in:
The cow has been named Freddie after Queen frontman Freddie Mercury, and given the chance at a long life. It was a happy ending for one creature, but escape is telling in regards to the terror these animals feel when heading for your dinner plate.