New York’s runaway bull has finally been captured


Anyone remember Barnie the Bull? It seems Barnie didn’t feel a trip to the slaughterhouse, so the 1,500-pound bull escaped from a farm in Manorville one morning in mid-July. area, as authorities and animal rescue groups rushed to locate him. Police were forced to close part of the Sunrise Highway for about 20 minutes, as they desperately tried to lock up the giant animal. He has been on the run ever since.

But now it looks like his journey is over. The Suffolk County SPCA said Barnie was captured at a former duck farm in Moriches on Wednesday evening. FOX 5 said a group called Skylands Animal Sanctuary and Rescue, as well as Suffolk County Police were monitoring Barnie and had even set up a feeder. Now, having received a certificate of good health from the vet, Barnie will be living his life on Skylands Farm in Wantage, New Jersey, thus a happy ending.

In much sadder news for the animals in the area, a dead humpback whale washed up on shore last Friday. The National Parks Service says a 40-foot dead whale has been spotted off the coast of Staten Island. Gothamist Reports that there have been thirty-one humpback whale deaths in the past five years, which ranks us second in the United States after Massachusetts. Collisions with boats represent a considerable danger to these giant ocean mammals, whose migratory patterns have brought them closer and closer to shore in recent years. Based on data from NOAA, this is the first humpback whale death on the New York coast this year.