A bull escaped from a slaughterhouse truck and caused a rodeo-style ruckus on a college campus in Queens on Friday — but was ultimately saved from the hamburger bun by comedian Jon Stewart, sources said.
The bovine made a break for it, barreling onto a grassy field at CUNY’s York College at Liberty Avenue and 160th Street in Jamaica at about 10 a.m., according to police officers and witnesses.
“He was trying to reclaim his freedom! He was probably thinking, ‘They’re gonna kill me,’ ” said Renee Howard, 51, of Jamaica.
But the brown and white beast — which looked angry as he kicked up dust on campus — wasn’t on the mooo-ve for long.
A worker at a nearby slaughterhouse lassoed the bull and three NYPD officers shot him with three tranquilizer darts in the side and rear end, police and witnesses said.
The getaway artist collapsed and was hauled in a Rubin Livestock truck to Animal Care & Control in Brooklyn — where Stewart and his wife, Tracey, picked him up and drove him to an upstate sanctuary, a spokeswoman from Farm Sanctuary’s New York in pastoral Watkins Glen.
The raging bull stunned students and passers-by who stopped to stare and take video of the wild scene.
“I just got off the train and was headed home when I saw kids running and yelling, ‘There is a cow!’ [He] ran right past us,” Howard said.
Some neighbors had beef with the slaughterhouse for allowing him to bolt.
“They should have people who know how to deal with the animals so there is safe delivery and they are secured and tied up so they don’t get out. This isn’t the zoo,” griped Lamart Cobb, 28, of Jamaica.
Others thought it was simply an April Fools’ Day prank, they said.
“Someone texted me and told me. I thought it was a joke because it is April 1st,” said Juhyung Yang.
Nobody was hurt during the bull’s escape and classes were not canceled, a spokeswoman for the college said.
“Students just watched and enjoyed the spectacle,” the spokeswoman said.
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