Cow that fled butcher is safely pasture-ized

Kayli the runaway cow gets a welcoming "kiss" from Andy the steer, her new pasture mate.
Kayli the runaway cow gets a welcoming "kiss" from Andy the steer, her new pasture mate. (Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary)
Posted: July 11, 2011

Kayli, the white cow that fled an Upper Darby slaughter market late last month and led police on a merry chase before being corralled to face an uncertain future has landed at her new home.

Kayli was off-loaded from an animal carrier this morning and got her first look at the Woodstock Farm Sanctuary in upstate New York where she will graze and chew her cud for the rest of her life.

She met her new handler, Jenny Brown, and bumped noses with two enormous steers, one of whom seemed to be smitten. Kayli batted her long white eyelashes at him, and a quick lick from him on the forehead sealed their friendship.

Kayli became a cause célèbre here after she bolted from Madina Live Poultry on Fourth Street in Upper Darby where she was bound for the dinner table.

Animal activist Marianne Bessey offered to buy her, but there was a state law prohibiting that. The regulations said once in a slaughterhouse, no animal leaves except in a package.

Kayli was given a pardon, of sorts, after the Council on American Islamic Relations in Center City, national and local animal advocates, the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, and the governor's office intervened.

She left the slaughterhouse under her own power and spent two weeks in quarantine at an animal clinic in Bucks County, where she acquired her purple halter.

The vet there said she was good to go, and today she did, arriving content at her new pastoral setting unscathed.

Photos show Kayli leaving the carrier, running in her new pasture, and happily agreeing to meet new bovine friends in the field next door.

"I see love, or at least licks, in that gal's future. And she's already got a date," said one animal lover who viewed the photos.

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