The Mastic bull has a name now, and it has nothing to do with the purple dinosaur


They have started to call him “Barney.”

The bull that’s been on the run in neighborhoods and wooded areas in Moriches, Mastic and Shirley over the last 27 hours escaped from a temporary slaughterhouse on Barnes Road in Moriches. Hence his new name, John Di Leonardo, president of Long Island Orchestrating for Nature told GreaterMoriches.

And if Barney is caught safely, he will live out the rest of his days in peace at a New Jersey sanctuary with dozens of bovine and other farm animals, Di Leonardo said.

“We’re going to try to find a place to corral him today,” Di Leonardo said. “We have lassos and tranquilizers … with animal rescues, you need a bunch of different options. 

“We’re hoping to avoid him losing his life,” he continued. “[Barney] made a break for it. His bravery should be rewarded — he should go to a sanctuary to be loved, where he won’t be eaten.”

Barney was first reported on the loose by police shortly after 8 a.m. on Tuesday. He had escaped from a farm on the same day he was scheduled to be sacrificed as part of a religious holiday ceremony.

Skylands Animal Sanctuary and Rescue in New Jersey has agreed and has been given permission from the animal’s owner to take in the bull, once he is safely captured.