Barney the bull is finally on his way to a better life.
Animal rescue workers captured the missing bull last night at a duck farm on Barnes Road in Moriches, two months after he escaped an animal sacrifice ritual in a slaughterhouse at the same property, reports the Skylands Animal Sanctuary & Rescue outfit and the Suffolk County SPCA.
“Look who we found cruising around Long Island,” Skylands posted on Facebook, while sharing four photos of Barney contently feasting on hay in the back of a transport truck. “He is one handsome kid … It’s been a long road.”
Barney, missing since wandering through residential neighborhoods in Mastic and slipping into a wooded and grassy field near Sunrise Highway in Manorville on July 20, has been transported Skylands’ animal sanctuary in New Jersey.
Determined rescuers spent weeks upon weeks searching for the 1,500-pound black bull, trying to lure him out of the woods with treats and even a menstruating cow. Nicknamed Barney, the animal remained out of sight for most of that time.
Rescuers caught the bull about 11 p.m. on Wednesday, the Suffolk County SPCA reported.
Rescuers feared that going into the brush too aggressively might scare the bull and cause him to run out onto busy Sunrise Highway. When Barney escaped, he and other farm animals were scheduled to be slaughtered as part of religious ceremonies. He had been delivered to Long Island from a farm in Texas.
Above photo: Facebook / Skylands Animal Sanctuary & Rescue