An escaped cow that fell out of a truck has been saved from the slaughterhouse and will now live out the rest of her days at an animal sanctuary.
We often think of cows as big dumb beasts that have no idea what’s going on around them. And maybe that’s true for some, but one particular Holstein knew exactly what was waiting for her at the end of an early morning truck ride, and she wanted absolutely no part of it.
So she decided to pull a daring escape while the truck hauling her off to the slaughterhouse was still on Interstate 80 near New Jersey.
According to the New Jersey Herald, the escape happened at around 2:40 AM on Thursday, December 27th. What makes the escape amazing was that she jumped off the second story of a two-story trailer and then landed on the pavement at high speeds, then just got up and started hoofin’ it across the highway.
Police arrived shortly thereafter to try and capture the animal, but she proved to be wiley for a cow--something that probably should have been expected given that she was smart enough to risk breaking her legs rather than face certain death at the slaughterhouse.
She might not have made it if it weren’t for the help of Mike Stura, founder and president of Skylands Animal Sanctuary and Rescue. Mike heard about the cow’s escape attempt from a friend of his in the police department and decided this cow deserved saving.
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He immediately got in his truck and arrived minutes later to a cow surrounded by police, Animal Control officials, and tow truck drivers. With their help, Stura managed to corral the Holstein into a makeshift pen, and then gently convinced her to get into the small trailer that Mike had attached to the back of his pickup.
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Instead of taking the cow to the slaughterhouse, Mike took her to a nearby animal hospital to check her out. She suffered some minor scrapes in the fall, as well as some road rash and a black eye, but she’s expected to make a full recovery.
Mike named the cow Brianna after officer Brian, the friend who tipped him off to the cow’s escape. She’ll spend the rest of her days at Skylands Animal Sanctuary and Rescue with 68 other cows.