October 16, 2021

Bull that escaped Long Island farm captured after 2 months

MORICHES, N.Y. (AP) — A bull that escaped from a farm on Long Island and eluded searchers for two months has been captured, authorities said.

The 1,500-pound bull, nicknamed Barney, was corralled late Sept. 22 by staff from Skylands Animal Sanctuary and Rescue, 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 is one handsome kid.”

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

Rescuers had been searching the animal ever since he broke through the fence at a Moriches farm on July 20, but it remained on the lam as residents of the area posted sightings on social media.

“We would like to thank everyone for their support and concern, as well as rescue groups who also assisted during this ordeal,” Gross said. “Great job of collaboration by all who participated.”