Loose cow that shut down Georgia highway finds forever home at N.J. animal sanctuary – NJ.com

A runaway cow that was finally captured along a Georgia highway after a month of roaming the area found her forever home at a New Jersey animal sanctuary this week.

The 1-year-old cow named LEOna was picked up by the owner of the Skylands Animal Sanctuary And Rescue in Wantage on Monday where she will now stay with other barnyard animals that range from calves and steer to turkeys and goats, according to a Facebook post from the Savannah Police Department.

LEOna’s story began on Jan. 26 when she made her way to Interstate 16 in Savannah, which caused the closure of the ramp from the major highway to Interstate 516 and brought traffic to a standstill.

Police were eventually able to corral the tired and hungry animal into a horse trailer and bring her to the stables of the Savannah Police’s Mounted Unit.

“Now you might think that the owners of our cute little cow-cow would come forward immediately. Silence,” the Savannah Police said in a Facebook page. “We got lots of calls from people sending tips about where the cows might possibly be from and just as many from people who were interested in adopting her, but no owners.”

Several different people and organizations interested in adopting LEOna reached out but eventually the department decided on Skylands.

“Let us just tell you that this place is like a little cow heaven, just the perfect place for LEOna,” the department said in its Facebook post. “With more than 200 acres and a bunch of cow friends, we knew it was the perfect place for her.”

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The scene on Jan. 26, 2021 as police tried to capture LEOna the cow along Interstate 16 in Savannah, Georgia.Savannah Police Department

The owner said he was tagged in the police’s first Facebook post about Leona and that her story touched him and that it “felt right” so he contacted the department, the post stated.

He went to Georgia Monday with his trailer to take LEOna home and with the help of a broom, harness and some feed, she climbed aboard to be taken to the Garden State, police said.

“We’re a little sad to see her go but also very happy! (Skylands) promises to provide us with plenty of photos and videos of her with her new cow friends,” the department said on Facebook.

The owners of Skylands Animal Sanctuary and Rescue could not immediately be reached for comment Monday night.

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Chris Sheldon may be reached at csheldon@njadvancemedia.com.

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