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Queens Bull Escapes to College, Gets Rescued by Jon Stewart

Back in January, a bull absconded from a Queens slaughterhouse, and after sauntering along the streets of Jamaica, had his life spared and retired to a quiet life in a Jersey animal sanctuary. This is the stuff of myths back at the slaughterhouse, and on Friday morning, one of his buddies must have thought “why not me?” and decided to go for it, too, breaking free of his captors while being unloaded from a truck in Jamaica.

This Angus bull then headed to York College, where he immediately became the most popular guy on campus:

Cows running around at york college

A video posted by The PoPe (@pope120) on

The bull’s campus tour and test-run as a co-ed lasted about 20 minutes, before the NYPD stepped in. Officers lassoed (!) the bull and then, adding insult to injury, tranquilized it in the butt (three times!).

The brave bovine was then taken to Animal Care & Control, where it was subsequently picked up by former Daily Show host Jon Stewart and his wife Tracey, who took the bull, now named Frank Lee for his Alcatraz-like flight, to an animal sanctuary upstate, according to the New York Times. The comedian and his wife run their own animal sanctuary, Bufflehead Farm, in New Jersey, and were alerted to Frank’s plight by the Farm Sanctuary organization, who negotiated the release of the animal. After a quick castration, Frank will get busy living at Farm Sanctuary’s 175-acre facility in Watkins Glen with 50 other bovines.

It’s not every day you get to go from being food to being fed by Jon Stewart:

Feeding Frank

Breaking News: We are happy to report that the bull who was on the run earlier today in Queens is safe and on his way to Farm Sanctuary in Watkins Glen, NY. Jon and Tracey Stewart picked up the individual whom we are calling Frank this afternoon from Animal Care Centers of NYC (ACC). Special thanks to our colleague Mike Stura of Skylands Animal Sanctuary And Rescue who drove out to assist with the transport. More info to come.

Posted by Farm Sanctuary on Friday, April 1, 2016

This post was updated to only refer to the escaped, male, bovine creature as a “bull,” as opposed to both a “bull” and a “cow,” which in precise agricultural vocabulary can only refer to a female member of the species Bos taurus, though “cow” is generally accepted, in New York and elsewhere, as the colloquial term for a … cow. However, it should also be noted that once the escaped bull is castrated, as is planned, he should then be referred to as a “steer.”

Queens Bull Goes to College, Meets Jon Stewart