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Loose bull captured by police after romp through Queens

By Daniel Uria
Loose bull captured by police after romp through Queens
A bull died after escaping from a slaughterhouse and running through a New York neighborhood for three hours on Tuesday. The bull died in transit after being captured by poilice. Screen capture/CNBC/AOL

Feb. 21 (UPI) -- An escaped bull that was captured by police after running loose in New York for several hours died during transport.

The loose bovine was first spotted in Jamaica, N.Y., on Tuesday morning after it escaped from a slaughterhouse.

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A butcher said the animal may have been compelled to run off through the fencing and throughout the borough of Queens after being frightened by a sound.

Police chased the bull for nearly three hours, as the animal dodged officers and managed to make its way around police tape.

The bull's journey included several failed attempts by police to tranquilize it and a trip through a family's back yard.

The bull, which was struck with at least a dozen tranquilizer darts, died around 2:30 p.m. but a cause of death was not made clear.

A spokeswoman for Animal Care Centers of NYC said the bull died during transport, but city officials did not offer comment about where it was headed.

Officials said the bull's remains will be taken to a crematorium.

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