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4 Daring Animal Escapes of the Last 4 Months

4 Daring Animal Escapes of the Last 4 Months
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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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3:34PM PDT on May 14, 2013

bet they were terrified!

5:05AM PDT on Apr 20, 2013

thank you for sharing

9:07AM PDT on Mar 16, 2013

thanks for sharing :)

4:42PM PST on Mar 3, 2013

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.

12:49PM PST on Feb 24, 2013

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!

8:39PM PST on Feb 20, 2013

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

7:52PM PST on Feb 20, 2013

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.....

12:15PM PST on Feb 20, 2013

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

12:03PM PST on Feb 20, 2013

thanx

8:20AM PST on Feb 20, 2013

thanks

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