Runaway Cow Roped by NYPD Gets New Home And a new Queen-inspired name By Newser Editors and Wire Services Posted Jan 23, 2016 11:15 AM CST 31 comments Comments Freddie is captured by the NYPD after getting loose in New York City earlier this week. (NYPD 103rd Precinct) (Newser) – A cow that was captured by police after fleeing from a New York City slaughterhouse has been taken in by an animal sanctuary and renamed for rock legend Freddie Mercury. Online video showed the brown and white cow trotting past shops and restaurants on Thursday afternoon. Mike Stura, the founder of the Skylands Animal Sanctuary in Wantage, New Jersey, picked up the cow Friday morning in New York and says he's named the creature after the late Queen singer. The cow was scheduled to be killed on Friday. Instead, Freddie rode through rush-hour traffic in a trailer, then visited a vet, before arriving at a farm. Stura says Freddie will enjoy "a life of leisure," being cared for alongside "cow friends."