Anything and everything can happen in New York. A stray cow, dubbed Queenie, was spotted running around Queens, New York.
Dimitri Mitropoulous was driving by Queens Hospital Center when he saw the cow come out of nowhere. Queenie seemed to be feeding on a small patch of grass.
Mitropoulous called 911 and the operator asked what color the cow was. He said: “Are you joking? It’s a cow in New York City.”
The operator finally determined that Mitropoulous was not a prankster, and authorities began tracking Mitropoulous with a GPS device as he followed the cow in his car.
“We must have gone about 2 miles,” Mitropoulous said, “and it was running at a good pace for a while. I had to do 20 [mph] to keep up with it. I was driving right alongside. If I had a rope I would have grabbed him.”
Queenie was finally caught when she turned into a yard and was surrounded by more than a dozen police cars and Fire Department vehicles.
Authorities tried to lasso Queenie, but she gave up a good fight. She bucked, kicked and mooed as she was led towards a NYPD horse trailer.
When she finally was put in the truck, one of the officers was asked where she came from. He said: “I don’t know. It’s not talking.”
Officers said the bovine was a little scared amidst the noise, lights and chaos of the scene. But she was checked out by a veterinarian and is in good health.
She was temporarily at the Manhattan Branch of the New York City Animal Care and Control where she was provided with water, hay, and a huge play pen to romp around in.
Now, Queenie has found a new home. She will be placed at Farm Sanctuary’s New York Shelter, an animal protection organization.
It is still uncertain where Queenie came from.
The cow had a tag in her ear indicating she was either sold or to be sold, likely for slaughter. Halal butchers, live markets and slaughterhouses proliferate in the city’s five boroughs, and escapees from these facilities are not uncommon.
“This is the second cow to come to our shelter from Queens, but this year alone we’ve taken in more than 100 animals from New York City, many from live markets,” said Susie Coston, Farm Sanctuary shelter director.
The cow has been renamed Maxine, in honor of artist Peter Max and his wife Mary. The couple was responsible for bringing another slaughterhouse escapee, Cinci Freedom, to the New York Shelter in 2002. Cinci Freedom jumped a Cincinnati slaughterhouse wall and eluded capture for 11 days.
“When people see an individual animal running for her life, I think it strikes a chord,” Coston added. “Maxine saved her own life. We’re happy to give her a home.”
Maxine is one of a handful of animals residing at the shelter who are slaughterhouse escapees joining Cinci Freedom; Lucky Lady, a lamb found wandering an industrial section of the South Bronx in June; Joey, a goat rescued from Brooklyn streets in January; and Annie Dodge, a cow brought to the sanctuary after roaming the Vermont countryside.
Source: New York Daily News