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“Mike Jr.” the Escaped Calf Arrives at WFS!

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Comfy in a clean, dry pen

On the evening of April 10th a calf made a break from a slaughterhouse in Paterson, NJ.  He eluded capture for hours and even waded into the Passaic River (yuck!). Police used vehicles to ram into the calf in an effort to bring him under control until a tranquilizer gun could be obtained. The story was picked up by local news and in the piece the slaughterhouse owner said he would release the calf to an unspecified farm.

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Dead goat
A discarded goat
lay outside
Dead chickens in
a dumpster

Suspicious of the kind of farm that he might end up at, uber-volunteer Mike Stura, who lives not too far away, called us early the next morning. We agreed we could help and Mike dropped everything to go get the calf.  He has a truck and a recently-acquired trailer for just this purpose. It turns out the calf had already been transported to another slaughterhouse (not the “farm” as promised on the news), but Mike pursued it and was able to convince the owner to release him. We named him “Mike Jr.” after his rescuer. We arranged for human Mike to take bovine Mike to a local vet to clear him to cross state lines and treat the wounds and abrasions.  After some blood work, vaccinations and cleaning the wounds, the Mikes were given the “go” to head upstate to WFS.

Mike Jr. is enjoying his first days of freedom and roaming the pasture with other rescued cows and steer. Rest assured he will never end up at the end of a fork!

Read the MSNBC Story    Read The Record news story.

The Mike(s) arrive

The Mike(s) arrive

Farm Manager Sheila Hyslop coaxes him out

Sheila coaxes him out…

Beatrice the turkey and volunteer Shannon say “hi.”

Taking a stroll

Meeting some friends


Hanging with Kayli

Nice day!


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