The young steer slated for a New York City slaughterhouse, but not before making his “great escape” has been rescued. On Wednesday, “Shankar” – the bull, whose name means one who can “bring about happiness or prosperity,” has already been settling into his new home at Skylands Animal Sanctuary and Rescue.
According to the New York Daily News, police corralled and tranquilized the panicky bull that escaped a slaughterhouse and knocked over a one-year-old child as he ran as fast as he could into Prospect Park. The little boy suffered only minor injuries. An emergency unit associated with the police were able to corner the calf inside of the Parade Grounds, and fortunately two hours after the animals “great escape” officers shot him with a tranquilizer dart and put him safely into a horse trailer to be taken to the city’s animal care facility.
It has not been determined how the bull escaped, but once social media started to react to the plight of the young animal, advocates reached out to the Wantage sanctuary for help. Shankar will be in quarantine for at least a month to make sure he is healthy. After that, this lucky boy gets to live his life out in a sanctuary instead of being pressed into a hundred burgers. And that’s no bull.
“His worst day and his BEST day intersected yesterday. What a beautiful baby he is. Guessing he was stolen from his Mother yesterday and sent to slaughter on the same day. He saved his life and didn’t even realize it at the time!” stated one happy advocate after watching Shankar’s freedom video.
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(Photo of steer who escaped slaughterhouse via Facebook.)
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