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Agitated Cow Gets Loose on Major Deegan, Jamming Traffic

Police say it escaped from a nearby slaughterhouse

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    Runaway Cow Wreaks Traffic Havoc on NYC Highway

    Once again, a cow has taken over the streets of New York City - this time running wild on the Major Deegan. Marc Santia reports.

    (Published Wednesday, March 20, 2019)

    What to Know

    • NYC drivers had major beef with a traffic-jamming cow Tuesday on the Major Deegan

    • Police say the bovine escaped from a nearby slaughterhouse and ran onto the busy road near 166th Street

    • It was taken to Animal Care Centers of New York and will then head to Skyland Animal Sanctuary in New Jersey; it's expected to be OK

    Once again, a cow has taken over the streets of New York City - this time running wild on the Major Deegan.

    Chopper 4 footage showed an extensive traffic jam Tuesday afternoon as NYPD officers tried to safely corral the cow. It was captured and tethered to a light pole in the highway median, though the agitated animal was at one point straining aggressively against the rope before being tranquilized. 

    Cow on Major Deegan HighwayCow on Major Deegan Highway

    A cow is held by police on the Major Deegan Highway.
    (Published Tuesday, March 19, 2019)

    The runaway cow was first reported shortly before noon. A half-hour later, it was still swamping traffic as about a dozen animal and law enforcement officers surrounded the creature. By 1:15 p.m., the animal was finally in a trailer and being moved off the highway. Police say it escaped from a nearby slaughterhouse and ran onto the busy road near 166th Street. 

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    It was taken to Animal Care Centers of New York and from there the cow will head to Skyland Animal Sanctuary in New Jersey. The calf was checked out and is expected to be OK. 

    The rampaging cow went on its escapade less than a week after a lamb got loose on the Gowanus and just two days after a rogue goat ran amok in the Bronx. Both of those animals were taken to live out their days at Mike Stura's Skylands Animal Sanctuary and Rescue in New Jersey.

    Stura says the cow is coming, too. 

    Tuesday's cow on the Deegan isn't the first bovine to get loose in the region:

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