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

(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."

Stock image, but the escapee probably looked something like this.
Stock image, but the escapee probably looked something like this.   (Shutterstock)
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