A goat possibly headed to the slaughterhouse made a daring and dangerous escape into traffic on a busy highway in New Jersey.
The sure-footed animal managed to evade five Jersey City police officers for almost two hours on Tuesday, zigzagging across lanes of traffic on the Pulaski Skyway, causing traffic jams and a minor accident, according to the Associated Press.
Runaway goat (AP Photo/Jersey City Police Department/Francisco Rodriguez)
The goat, which managed to come out of the incident uninjured, was dubbed Sky by police.
Sky may have had good reason to flee: According to New York’s WPIX11, the animal had a U.S. Department of Agriculture tag and likely escaped from a truck on the way to a slaughterhouse.
The feisty animal eventually tired out, allowing officers to surround it and get a noose around its neck.
Sky’s luck has at least temporarily changed. The brown, horned creature was taken to Liberty Humane Society in Jersey City and eventually will be transferred to a farm.
"If it can survive running around the Pulaski Skyway for two hours, and then winds up in a slaughterhouse, it's kind of sad," Jersey City spokesman Stan Eason told the Associated Press. "But if someone claims her, she is private property, so there's not much we can do."
Brazen escapes by the fleet of foot have happened before in the area. A Staten Island resident caught the odd sight of a pony and a zebra making their getaway from a petting zoo last fall before being captured and returned home.
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