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Steer caught taking impromptu beach break

  |   May 30, 2007 at 5:00 PM
NEW YORK, May 30 (UPI) -- Authorities in Mattitick, N.Y., captured a 600-pound steer on an area beach where the once-missing animal was catching some sun.

After being missing for six weeks, the steer named Moo apparently wandered onto a crowded beach during the holiday weekend and was soon chased down by authorities and tranquilized, the Long Island (N.Y.) Press said Wednesday.

The large animal escaped from its home in Greenport, N.Y., in April by breaking through a new fence. After weeks on the lam, it was returned home Saturday.

The steer's escape came as its owner, farmer Joseph Barszczewski, was preparing to slaughter the animal, the Press said.

Prior to being caught by authorities Saturday after a frantic dash across the beach, Moo had lived a mildly intrusive fugitive existence. The Press said that the animal had been seen traveling through several residents' property and was blamed for nearly causing several traffic accidents.

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