Escaped 9-Month-Old Slaughterhouse Cow Given New Home at Animal Sanctuary

After escaping from a New York City slaughterhouse earlier this month, a heifer calf has been given a new home at a Sussex County, New Jersey, animal sanctuary.

As the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries notes, "true sanctuaries" are places that "[provide] excellent and humane care for their animals in a non-exploitative environment." These facilities typically house "displaced, wild, equine and farm animals."

The cow, who has since been named "Stacy," ran away from a business in Queens, New York, in mid-December. Later that day, officers from the New York Police Department (NYPD) discovered the calf in Flushing Meadows–Corona Park, where she was "safely corralled."

"Looks like our Urban Park Rangers were in a sentimental Moo-d today," tweeted the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation. "After discovering a loose cow in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, the Rangers managed to rescue the cow through quick thinking and action."

Following the incident, Stacy was brought to Skylands Animal Sanctuary and Rescue in Wantage, New Jersey.

"Little Stacy (who escaped a slaughterhouse in Queens the other day) is doing well, getting used to us as she awaits test results that will hopefully give her the ok to go in with some other kids," wrote Skylands in a Facebook post last week.

"She gets human visitors and can see and hear other cows. She just can't get up close with them," they added.

In the subsequent days, Stacy successfully completed her quarantine and began acclimating to her new home. "Stacy is out of quarantine and meeting some other kids," wrote Skylands' Facebook account, captioning of a video of the calf galloping across a fenced-in meadow. "She's faster than she looks ... Go get em, little girl."

According to the Morristown Daily Record, Stacy is a "400-pound Hereford heifer" and is estimated to be nine months of age. She is joining Skylands' 450 other animal residents, 93 of which are cows or other bovines.

"Little Stacy looks great and has been very tolerant of the poking and prodding we've had to put her [through]," said Mike Stura, founder and president of Skylands Animal Sanctuary and Rescue, per PIX11.

"Mike started Skylands Animal Sanctuary and Rescue with one tiny piece of land and a few small animals," explained the facility on their website. "That tiny piece of land grew to become an entire farm full of rescued souls."

"These animals are rescued from slaughterhouses, live markets, farms, extreme neglect, abuse, religious ceremonies, abandonment, and are even found wandering [the] streets," they added.

Newsweek has reached out to Skylands Animal Sanctuary and Rescue for additional information but did not receive a response in time for publication.

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A cow grazing in Petaluma, CA. Earlier this month, a 9-month-old heifer calf was taken to an animal sanctuary after escaping from a slaughterhouse in New York. David Paul Morris/Getty Images