A 6-month-old heifer was being delivered to a slaughterhouse near New York City when she made a bold dash for freedom. Sensing that her life was in danger, she broke through a passageway between the cattle trailer and cow pens as workers were unloading animals. Then she ran like the wind.
Eluding capture, she broke through a fence and took to the city streets. The slaughterhouse workers chasing her couldn’t keep up. The pursuers called 911 for police back-up. The calf made it about a mile through quiet neighborhoods before she was cornered by police officers in a fenced area between two houses.
After a van was brought to the site, the calf was led aboard and taken to an animal shelter in Brooklyn, where she spent the night. By the next morning, shelter workers had given her a name—Molly. Determined to save Molly, the shelter staff called farms in New York that rescued food animals.
The phone crew found the perfect place—a 60-acre organic farm where rescued cows, pigs, chickens and other animals live in comfort and didn’t have to worry about ending up on someone’s dinner plate.
When Molly arrived, she was fed fresh organic hay, given clean water, and put in a stall with a gentle bull named Wexler. Molly and Wexler were free to go in and out of the barn into their own grassy pasture.
The owners of the farm, Rex and Connie Farr, rescue farm animals on a regular basis. One day, a neighbor drove up with six crates stuffed with young chickens that had fallen from a truck crossing a bridge. The chickens stayed on at the farm as permanent residents. Another day, a 4-H club brought the Farrs a pony that their group no longer had money to keep.
Wexler, Molly’s boyfriend, came from a private school. He was part of an animal education program. When the program was shut down, the school asked the Farrs to give Wexler a home. Rex and Connie Farr also take care of goats, burros and other animals.
What about the cattle farmer who lost over $400 in the deal? He said, “Molly is a gift from me.” Maybe he figured that an animal as courageous and smart as Molly deserved her freedom.
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