4 Daring Animal Escapes of the Last 4 Months

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

2. A Lonely Camel Just Looking for a Friend

Camels are very social animals. “They’ll bust down a fence to find a companion,” said Raymond Ferrante, manager of DB Inc. Land & Cattle Co.

Given that Ferrante knew that, it’s a mystery why DB Inc. penned in a 10-year-old camel named Phil all by himself.

Eventually Phil did exactly what Ferrante predicted: he broke out of his pen. Twice on the same day.

The lonely camel had been locked in by himself for a year in Concord, California, so on February 5th he busted out, “apparently just looking for some company.”

The second time he bolted he was “clipped by a minivan on a busy street,” but fortunately veterinarians at the University of California Davis pronounced him “fine.” Ferrante said that Phil was being moved to a new pen that he could not escape from.

At least poor Phil struck a small victory against the species that locks him up without any company by forcing authorities to close a road in both directions while DB employees struggled to force him into a truck. His quest for company may have been a mere inconvenience to motorists, but it was a clear cry of distress that his owners should heed.

3. Pony and Zebra Flee Defunct Petting Zoo in Staten Island, New York

Photo courtesy of the Staten Island Advance: the fugitives during their bid for freedom

A pony and a zebra made a break for it after their owner left the gate to their pen open last November. They were fleeing a one-time petting zoo.

The zebra, Razzi, was only four months old, and followed pony Casper, 14 years old, wherever he went.

For one hour of freedom they ran through back yards and dodged traffic until they were caught and sent right back to the defunct zoo. Their owner, Giovanni Schirripa, said the pony had escaped twice before.

Video courtesy of Time NewsFeed

The animals’ escape shone a spotlight on their owner’s apparent misdeeds. According to the New York City Health Department Schirripa has no permit for a petting zoo, and without a permit is prohibited from keeping a zebra in the city. Schirripa said he did have a permit and that he had once had a petting zoo, but that he closed it. The New York Times reported that Schirripa said he took Razzi to a barn in New Jersey where he keeps some horses.

There is no word on Casper the pony’s fate, but it appears that he did not get to stay with his friend Razzi.

4. An Emu Escapes and Runs for it with a Fellow Jogger

An emu decided to go for a jog and make a friend in Virginia last December. Huff Post DC says that the emu “drifted away” from its home. The bird started out behind the jogger but soon caught up and ran side-by-side. No word on how the jogger felt about it, but an emu is a whole lot of company: adults grow to 5 feet tall. It could be unnerving to find one chasing you.

Photo credit: Huff Post DC

Emus are farmed in the United States for meat and for the oil rendered from their fat, which some people mistakenly believe treats a very long list of maladies from surgery scars to tired feet to frostbite. Little wonder that this emu fled at top speed.

Animal control officers returned the emu to its owner.


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Kathy Perez
Kathy Johnson2 years ago

bet they were terrified!

.2 years ago

thank you for sharing

Carrie-Anne Brown

thanks for sharing :)

Mark Donners
Mark Donners2 years ago

May it never happen that I meet any of the monsters from hell calling themselves human who work in the slaughter business I probably wouldn't be able to control myself.

Muriel Servaege
Muriel Servaege2 years ago

Good story. There was a similar story in Germany a few months ago. But the animal was a brown cow, Yvonne. It took people a few months to catch her (clever cow!) but I don't know if it was sent to the slaughterhouse or not!

B Jackson
BJ J.2 years ago

Some people are alive because it's still illegal to kill them.

Kathy Crews
Kathy Crews2 years ago

I was so saddened for ALL of the animals in this article. All trying so hard to get away from their environment (although I did break a smile watching the little zebra trotting as fast as he could behind his pony counter part in crime). Hopefully the zebra is happy at his barn in NJ. I wish we knew what happened to the cute little pony though. It's wonderful knowing that the goat received his forever happy home and didn't have to end up in goat heaven....and the poor 'ol camel, all he wanted was company. I can understand that!! Being alone sucks!!! If I could break out of here and find myself some company I would do that too, dang it!! As far as the emu goes, maybe he just wanted to take up jogging! Think of the international attention that farmer could have gotten with his jogging emu rather than adding him to the list of those losing their life for their meat and oil!! Just saying.....

Carol M.
caroline m.2 years ago

I agree ith Lori Eand Berty J. sad that only the goat was really saved humans are the worst living hings on th planet.

Heather Holland
Heather Holland2 years ago


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