Video: ‘Barney’ the Mastic bull has a new name and an awesome new home in N.J.


New friends. New Home. And even a new name.

Barney — the runaway (and hiding) bull rescued in Moriches last week — appeared content and hardly shy as he enjoyed his first weekend at a farm animal sanctuary in Wantage, New Jersey.

Long Islanders and folks from across the country and around the globe Sunday afternoon tuned in to Skylands Animal Sanctuary And Rescue‘s 13-minute Facebook Live video featuring the 1,500-pound black bull. Re-named Hannibull by the sanctuary’s founder Mike Stura, the bull is seen chillin’ on the farm with one of his new bovine friends, Molly.

“He’s really doing well,” Stura, who estimates Hannibull is about 3 years old, said during the video. “He just approaches us on his own. He’s becoming a little more acclimated and secure feeling.”

Check out Stura’s video of Hannibull below.

While his new name received mixed reviews, the Facebook Live viewers — some watching from as far away as Ecuador, Australia and England — were clearly united in their glee for the bull’s safety and contentment.

“We called him Barney when he was running on Long Island,” Loretta Fogarty commented, “so glad he settled down. Glad he’s got some girlfriends ❤️

Nancy Black Hennessey chimed in: “Looks like he’s settling in!! You saved his life.”

Hannibull arrived at the sanctuary early Friday, after rescuers captured him late Thursday on a Moriches farm on Barnes Road. The bull had been hiding out in a grassy and wooded area for two months after escaping an animal sacrifice ritual in a slaughterhouse at the same property and running through residential neighborhoods in Mastic.

Above image: Facebook / Skylands Animal Sanctuary And Rescue video