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[UPDATES] Escaped Cow On The Loose Around Prospect Park

[UPDATE BELOW] The NYPD says there is an escaped cow currently on the move in Park Slope, potentially running from an area slaughterhouse. Witnesses say they've seen the cow sprinting up 17th Street, and an NYPD spokesman told Gothamist the cow was last pinpointed somewhere in the 78th Precinct and is very close to Prospect Park.

The cow is somewhere in this photo.

The cow has apparently learned to use the sidewalk:

There are reports that the cow has knocked down and injured a child, though that has not yet been confirmed.

ABC 7 got a good photo:

Here he is under the BQE:

Officials are reportedly trying to capture the bovine with nets:

We'll keep you updated if more information becomes available, though you can keep track on your own via ABC 7's live feed:

Update 12:14 p.m.: The cow is now inside the park.


Update 12:40 p.m.: The cow is now hanging out with some onlookers.




Update 1:21 p.m.: It appears they have caught the cow.

Update 1:34 p.m.: An FDNY spokesperson told Gothamist that they treated a child in a stroller for an injury earlier today. It was reported to them that the stroller was knocked over, and reports have circulated that it was toppled by the loose cow. The FDNY was unable to confirm that detail.

Deputy Chief Charles Scholl of Brooklyn South says the cow is now on its way to Animal Care and Control on Linden Boulevard, and may be transported to a sanctuary.

Mary Beth Artz of WILD Prospect Park has determined the cow is actually a bull.

Update 2:21 p.m.: Farm Sanctuary in Watkins Glen, NY has confirmed the cow in question is, in fact, a bull. A spokesperson provided us with the following statement:

When a farm animal, like the bull found today in Prospect Park, is found loose in New York City, what you are witnessing is an individual who was so determined to live that they summoned every ounce of courage they could muster to make a dash for freedom. These animals escape from the city’s 100+ live markets, essentially ‘storefront slaughterhouses,’ where they are crammed into filthy backrooms and made to watch as their peers struggle and fight as their throats are slit. The stress and fear that these smart, emotional animals experience is unimaginable. If you were disturbed by what you saw today and were rooting for the life of this brave individual to be spared, please consider honoring the lives of the 10 billion animals who are slaughtered each year in equally horrific conditions by the meat industry by decreasing or eliminating meat entirely from your diet.

Last year, Farm Sanctuary rescued an escaped slaughterhouse steer named Frank—he was brought to the sanctuary by none other than Jon Stewart and his wife Tracey.

Update 3:29 p.m.: The bull, which reportedly weighs 650 pounds, will be taken to Skylands Animal Sanctuary in Wantage, New Jersey.

Update 10/18: The bull is now at Skylands Sanctuary, where he is acclimating, though certainly a handful. "He's healthy but he's definitely a wild man. He's got a lot of energy, I'll tell you that," Skylands founder Mike Stura told Gothamist.

Additional reporting by Rachel Holliday Smith.

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