Many animals held captive by humans have every reason to try to escape, whether it’s because of bad living conditions, impending death or simple loneliness. One famous escapee was Yvonne the cow, who fled a slaughterhouse in Germany and evaded authorities for three months before she was captured and went to live in a sanctuary. Here are four stories of American animals who gave their all for freedom with mixed results.
1. A Goat Runs for His Life
A goat escaped a slaughterhouse early on February 7th in Brooklyn, New York. It was one o’clock in the morning, but the little fellow was trapped in the city that never sleeps and plenty of people were around to chase him down.
Onlookers who first spotted the goat said he “seemed confused and repeatedly banged into doors” as he ran.
The goat’s escape was finally foiled by an actual goat herder. Seydou Ndiaye, a hospital security guard, used to be a goat herder in West Africa. He says that he told other chasers “do not harm the animal, it’s an easy animal, it’s very friendly but it just was a little scared.”
Ndiaye eventually grabbed the goat by the horns, showing up six police officers who had been trying to catch the animal in a “long chase.”
“Officers brought the goat to the ASPCA in Manhattan” according to Gothamist, but he had a tag in his ear showing that he belonged to a slaughterhouse.
Nevertheless the goat, named Wilfred, lucked into a new home at Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary. The sanctuary’s veterinarian proclaimed Wilfred thin but otherwise healthy. He is now safe forever with people who have his best interests at heart.
Photo courtesy of Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary
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