Update: According to Skylands Animal Sanctuary, the bull passed away in transit to the Animal Care Centers (ACC) of New York City. "I'm sorry he didn't make it," the group wrote. An overdose of the tranquilizer is the "likely cause," according to Meredith Turner-Smith, a spokesperson at Farm Sanctuary. "Very sad. He wanted to live so badly and gave it everything he had," she told The Dodo.
A bull was literally running for his life on Tuesday morning through the streets of Queens, New York.
The animal was so scared and determined to escape that even after officials darted him with sedatives, he still kept running.
The bull escaped before 11 a.m. Police cornered the animal in a backyard in Jamaica, Queens, but the animal was so determined to break free that he ran away again.
After an hour-long chase, the bull was sedated and captured.
Meanwhile, a rescuer is on his way to the city from New Jersey to try to give the bull a whole new life.
"I'm on my way right now," Mike Stura, founder of Skylands Animal Sanctuary & Rescue in Wantage, New Jersey, told The Dodo, just before the bull was captured.
Stura said that if the bull gets captured again, he'll try to do everything he can to save him. "Then comes the part where I try to convince them to give him to me," Stura said.
Stura was successful last year, when he managed to persuade the owner of a Queens slaughterhouse to let another escaped bull retire to Skylands sanctuary, so that he could live out his life.
We hope this bull is given the same privilege — since so many others aren't.
To help Skylands save animals, you can make a donation. To request that the bull be turned over to a sanctuary, you can call the local police precinct's community affairs line at (718) 712-1627.
The Dodo will update this piece as the story unfolds.