Bull that escaped from Long Island farm captured after 2 months


MORICHES, NY — A bull that escaped from a farm on Long Island and eluded searchers for two months has been captured, authorities said Thursday.

The 1,500-pound bull, nicknamed Barney or Barnie, was captured Wednesday night by Skylands Animal Sanctuary and Rescue staff, Suffolk County SPCA Chief Roy Gross said in a news release.

Photos posted by the animal sanctuary on Facebook showed the bull on a bed of hay inside a trailer.

“Look who we found cruising around Long Island,” the organization said. “He’s a handsome kid.”

In this photo provided by the Suffolk County Police Department, a bull runs wild along Montgomery Avenue on Tuesday, July 20, 2021 in Mastic, NY Credit: Courtesy of Suffolk County Police Department

Suffolk County police used drones and helicopters to help capture the bull, which will live out its days at Skylands Sanctuary in Wantage, New Jersey, Gross said.

Rescuers had been looking for the animal since it broke through the fence of a farm in Moriches on July 20, but it remained on the loose as locals posted sightings on social media.

“We want to thank everyone for their support and concern and the relief groups who also helped during this ordeal,” Gross said. “Excellent collaborative work from everyone involved.”


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