According to CBS New York, the 1,500-pound bull escaped from a farm in Manorville by breaking through a fence. The bull was reportedly meant to be sacrificed as part of a religious ritual for the Muslim holiday Eid. Operators from the Suffolk SPCA told News 12 the facility was legal.
With the bull at large in suburban Long Island, animal rights groups joined the search — on the condition that the bull be spared and allowed to be relocated to a sanctuary.
“There is no need to kill an animal for sacrifice. He is terrified. He is running for his life right now just like you or I would if someone was trying to murder us,” said John DiLeonardo, president of Long Island Orchestrating for Nature, told CBS New York.
But after two days of searching, the bull hasn’t been secured. He’s still at large — much to the surprise of locals. The bull was first spotted in Mastic on Tuesday morning.
“I look in my rearview mirror and all of a sudden I’m like, ‘There is a bull running down the street!’” Mastic resident Jeannine Bramer told CBS.
In one video captured on a Ring doorbell, two young girls see the bull going down their street, and tell their disbelieving mom “There’s a cow outside!”
“Mom there’s a cow outside! Credit: Adrian Quinones. A wild bull is loose in the Mastic area after escaping from slaughterhouse. Animal Rights advocates searching for him – say he faced imminent death as a result of Eid holiday today. @CBSNewYorkpic.twitter.com/qOWthDMgL2
The bull’s freedom run has caused a media sensation in New York. Long Islanders have been having “naming contests” honoring hometown celebrities like Billy Joel and Alec Baldwin.
But the situation is not all a laughing matter. The bull caused a major highway to be temporarily closed off, and there are concerns that the bull could seriously hurt someone.
“The most important thing is to make sure that no human beings get hurt during the course of this rescue,” Lisa Jaeger of Jaeger Animal Wildlife Rescue told CBS New York. “That’s really our main objective. This thing is, from what I understand, over a 1,000-pound bull and it could run into traffic and it could kill somebody.”
But despite a large search effort, the bull remains at large, surprisingly adept and evading human capture. “He’s big, he’s young, he’s fast,” Frankie Floridia of Strong Island Rescue told Newsday. “He’s also got a dark black coat, so he was hard to see at night in the shadows.”