A cow destined for the dinner table enjoyed a brief taste of freedom in New York City before being captured by police and returned to a slaughterhouse.
The brown-and-white cow trotted past shops and restaurants in a busy Queens neighborhood Thursday afternoon. The New York Post said the cow escaped from a halal slaughterhouse.
Early Thursday afternoon, the NYPD’s 103rd Precint tweeted, “Yes, you heard right! Cow on the loose-Jamaica Queens. All Officers safe. No injuries.”
Members of the police department’s emergency services unit roped the cow and took it back to the slaughterhouse.
A worker at the Jamaica Archer Live Poultry and Meat Market said the cow will be killed on Friday.