Freedom Goat Runs for Her Life, Snarls Traffic
Eludes Jersey cops for two hours, but will she escape slaughterhouse?
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 21, 2013 5:17 PM CDT
Stock image, but the escapee probably looked something like this.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – It's hard not to root for the goat in this one: One believed to have escaped en route to a slaughterhouse snarled the morning commute along one of the busiest roadways in northern New Jersey today, leading police on a nearly two-hour chase. The small female eluded five Jersey City police officers for more than 90 minutes by jumping back and forth over a central divider along the Pulaski Skyway, alternately disrupting traffic along both east and west-bound lanes.

The goat eventually tired, and officers were able to form a semi-circle and catch her. Officials are still trying to determine where the goat came from. One of her ears has a Department of Agriculture tag, suggesting she escaped a truck headed to a slaughterhouse. If no company claims the goat, she will be moved to a rural animal welfare facility that can accommodate livestock. "If it can survive running around the Pulaski Skyway for two hours, and then winds up in a slaughterhouse, it's kind of sad," says a city spokesperson. "But if someone claims her, she is private property, so there's not much we can do."

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FlowerPower
May 22, 2013 8:53 AM CDT
"Stock image, but the escapee probably looked something like this." ROFL Seriously, whoever is in charge of the photo captions cracks me up sometimes. This spunky goat has more than earned herself a cushy, long life.
coo
May 22, 2013 8:19 AM CDT
This little miss needs and deserves to go to sanctuary after all she has been through. I'd pay that private company for her release if they come forward to claim her. One animal at a time...
kati
May 22, 2013 8:00 AM CDT
How nice. Hope she goes to sanctuary.