January 25, 2016 4:05 pm
Updated: January 25, 2016 5:15 pm

New York runaway cow escapes slaughterhouse, gets a new home

WATCH: After escaping a slaughterhouse, 'Freddie' the cow roams the streets of New York.

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A cow destined for the dinner table found a new fate after escaping a New York slaughterhouse. It roamed the streets of Queens before NYPD Emergency Services caught the cow several hours later.

On Thursday, Jan. 21, the cow escaped Archer Live Poultry & Meat Market in the Jamaica neighbourhood when employees were unloading cattle off a truck.

A dash cam video captured the cow scurrying past cars on 165th Street, before crossing over busy Jamaica Avenue and into a shopping plaza.

After officers caught the cow and returned it to the slaughterhouse, animal activist groups demanded it be released.

Turns out there was a happy ending for the runaway cow. The next day, Mike Stura, owner of Skylands Animal Sanctuary in New Jersey, posted to Facebook that the non-for-profit successfully negotiated the release of the cow. He is now staying at the 230-acre property where he was named Freddie.

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