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Lost bull slows down NJ Transit service near Newark Penn Station

The bull was spotted near Newark Penn Station. It caused rail service to have 45-minute delays.

News 12 Staff

Dec 14, 2023, 4:17 PM

Updated 215 days ago


A wayward bull slowed down New Jersey Transit rail service Thursday morning.
The bull was spotted near Newark Penn Station. It caused 45-minute rail delays between Newark Penn and Penn Station while the animal was wrangled.
Animal control officers say the bull first escaped Akwaaba Halal Livestock and Poultry 3 miles away from Penn Station. The bull then found his way onto NJ Transit tracks. Besides creating quite the spectacle, the baffled bovine headed back in the direction from where it came and was rounded up at a business remarkably close to where the journey began near Victoria Street and Frelinghuysen Avenue in Newark.
Cheryl H., of Linden, watched the scene unfold and called 911 as she helped police track the bull for 15 minutes until its capture.
"Police, emergency units - they all got out of the trucks and they tried to corner the bull not once but twice. The second time the bull charged at them, and they all kind of like scattered like roaches because they were afraid of the bull of course," laughed Cheryl as she recounted the wild adventure.
The situation came with many jokes on social media. The New Jersey Devils and New York Red Bulls posted about the situation.
News 12 New Jersey viewers also suggested names for the bull on Facebook.
The bull – which was officially named Ricardo – was brought to Skyland Animal Sanctuary and is expected to be OK.

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