Slated for Slaughter, Steer Makes a Break

The animal has been seen roaming around Providence, R.I.
By Luke Roney,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 6, 2021 1:25 PM CST
Slated for Slaughter, Steer Makes a Break
Bill Debus makes sure all 80 head of cattle make the turn onto Experiment Farm Road Monday morning, Feb. 1, 2021, as the herd is moved for feeding in Scottsbluff, Neb.   (Mark McCarthy/The Star-Herald via AP)

(Newser) – A 1,600-pound steer has been reported roaming the streets of Rhode Island's capital, the AP reports. Workers with Rhode Island Beef & Veal told WJAR that a wholesaler lost control of the cow while unloading it for slaughter. The animal was first spotted in Johnston, about 10 miles west of Providence, by Tho Xaykosy, an Uber driver. “It was about 2 am. I was on my way to pick up a passenger, and I look to my left, and there was a cow there, just hanging out, waiting for the red light! When it turned green, the cow goes!” Xaykosy said.

The steer eventually made it to Providence, where local authorities contacted the Department of Environmental Management and animal control. Neither agency had the resources to capture and transport the animal, according to a police report. Johnston police say the animal was still on the run as of Thursday night.

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