A brave cow made its escape from a slaughterhouse in Jamaica, Queens, and gave local police an interesting task that prompted Deputy Inspector John Cappelmann, to joke on Twitter, “Sometimes you get guns, sometimes you get goats! It’s not just a job, it’s an adventure.”
The runaway cow was spotted around noon on Thursday, January 21, “heading in the direction of the Jamaica Colosseum Mall before making a right onto Archer Avenue,” and was eventually found by police inside a parking garage on Archer Avenue and 165th Street, according to the New York Times.
Just a day before, officers from the same precinct returned a loose goat to its rightful owner.
Police received multiple calls about the roaming cow, which escaped from Archer Halal Live Poultry, a nearby slaughterhouse to which the cow, sadly, was successfully returned. The adventurous animal is at least the second cow in Queens to have made a run from its fate. In 2011, another cow “was seen sprinting along Liberty Avenue in Jamaica as motorists stopped to watch and record its desperate flight.” It too was eventually captured.
Update: The runaway cow has been taken to Skylands Animal Sanctuary and Rescue in New Jersey, and has been named Freddie Mercury, after the lead singer of Queen. Freddie will enjoy “a life of leisure,” Skylands founder Mike Stura has promised.