Goats Found Wandering On Subway Tracks Get Rescued By Jon Stewart
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Delays on the subway can make any Monday morning take a turn for the worse.
But yesterday, commuters in New York City had the cutest reason for being a few minutes behind: goats.
The wayward pair was spotted roaming a track in Brooklyn, near a station that’s closed for the summer for renovations. But as the goats munched on grass, they got dangerously close to active tracks — prompting police to launch a rescue mission.
Officers set out to the scene to locate the goats, as workers with the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) shut down service to the active train running through that area.
The officers quickly spotted the goats, but it was clear the animals were spooked. It’s not often these pasture dwellers end up wandering a city — and the noisy trains weren’t making things better.
"We've seen cats and dogs but never goats," Captain Jonathan Bobin, the commanding officer of this transit area, told ABC. "They were nervous and kept running from our personnel, but we were able to get them and take them off the tracks safely."
While it’s unclear where the goats came from, it’s very likely they had escaped a live market, where customers can choose an animal and pay to have him slaughtered for food. The cramped transport methods and keeping conditions at these facilities are highly stressful for the animals, which could have also contributed to the goats’ skittish behavior.
As the rescue story unfolded, it captured the attention of residents across the city — including comedian Jon Stewart. As a close supporter of Farm Sanctuary, Stewart and his family stepped in to coordinate a home for the goats at the rescue’s campus in Watkins Glen, New York.
The Stewarts helped transport the goats from the Animal Care Center in Brooklyn to the large animal hospital at Cornell University, where they’re getting check ups and routine testing. The goats are safe and settling in, but their recovery will take time.
“They are both sick, which is what we see with the animals we get from the live markets,” Susie Coston, national shelter director for Farm Sanctuary, told The Dodo. “Most are super stressed and frightened, which these boys are too.”
Coston says the goats are wary of people due to their past — but that’s about to change. They’ll never be without a home again, and at the sanctuary, they’ll get all the love and care they’ve gone so long without.
“They are being checked now,” Coston said, “and will then come to our Watkins Glen location, where we will keep them in quarantine until they are healthy enough to join our resident herds.”