It’s a real-life tale more thrilling than The Great Escape or even The Brave Little Toaster: A courageous cow escaped from a slaughterhouse in Queens, New York, on Thursday, and went on the lam(b). (Sorry.)
According to DNAinfo, the daring bovine was scheduled to be slaughtered on Friday, but slipped away from Archer Halal Live Poultry before his number was up. After breaking free, the escapee ran down a main road, startling bus drivers and bringing traffic to a halt. Several commuters filmed the cow leading cops on a wild chase through the city, but the jailbirdcow was eventually cornered in a parking garage near Archer Halal, recaptured and returned to the slaughterhouse by authorities.
“Tomorrow, we’ll kill it,” Archer Halal employee Adad Deopersaud stated on Thursday. “Every Friday we kill animals.”
But one animal lover, dedicated to prolonging the cow’s brief taste of freedom, made sure this wasn’t so. Mike Stura, founder of the Skylands Animal Sanctuary and Rescue, slept outside Archer Halal from Thursday night into Friday morning to convince the owners to turn the animal over to his New Jersey sanctuary.
“We just gave it to him,” Tahmena Shafqat, an employee at the slaughterhouse, told DNAinfo. “We didn’t want any money.”
The cow is now living a much more promising life among dozens of other farm animals rescued from the food industry, and has been christened “Freddie.”
“I’ll give him a home and he’ll live a happy life,” Stura said.