Runaway Calf on the Loose

There have been three sightings of the animal in Milford.

If you happen to see a black bull wandering around town, it's probably a runaway feeder calf that may have been set for slaughter.

A black feeder calf has been sighted at least three times in Milford in the past week, according to Animal Control Officer Rick George.

The calf was first spotted around 6:15 p.m. July 6 on Edgefield Avenue near , according to George.

"It's also been seen the last two or three nights grazing at the Gulf Pond area at about 8 o'clock," George said.

It's easy enough to spot.

"It's between 275 pounds and 400 pounds," he said.

But it's hard to catch.

"I guess nobody can catch it because it runs away from everybody -- and obviously it's a large animal," he said. "It's doing a good job of hiding."

The runaway calf, which is not considered a danger to humans, is believed to have jumped a fence at an unspecified farm in Orange, CT, on the West Haven line, according to George.

A feeder calf is a steer or heifer, six to nine months old, which is fed for fattening before slaughter, according to Agripedia.

And, according to WikiAnswers.com, most feeder cattle are steers between six and 24 months old that are fed a grain diet "to be fattened for the meat shop."

This particular calf has run away before, according to George.

"But it's never come into Milford before," he said.

The animal is apparently milking this journey for all it can get. After all, Milford -- known as the Small City with a Big Heart -- has a history of saving animals who are smart enough to give the slaughterhouse the slip.

Take , the white domestic turkey that was found running down Bridgeport Avenue shortly before Thanksgiving nearly three years ago.

Animal control officers, who suspected she had escaped a truck bound for slaughter, took her in. Now, she rules the roost at Milford Animal Control headquarters at .

Anyone who spots the runaway calf is asked to call Milford Animal Control at 203-783-3279.

WJB July 14, 2011 at 11:00 AM
If this animal is smart enough to get away from its keepers and stay away for as long as it has, then it deserves our respect and deserves to be saved. I'm sure we could find someone that would gladly take this animal in as a pet.
Denise Buffa July 14, 2011 at 11:57 AM
Thanks WJB! Since I've marked the piece opinion, I'm free to say -- as you could probably tell by the article/column -- that I agree! Let's start a "Save the Steer" movement!
Marcy Hawie Gonski July 14, 2011 at 12:28 PM
and so, my friends, you see I was NOT Hallucinating!!!! Cheers
clarice July 14, 2011 at 12:58 PM
And I certainly agree as well. C'mon, someone up for helping a calf the wants to live?
Ginny July 14, 2011 at 01:36 PM
I saw a coyote run across Roses Mill Road around 10 PM last night near the entrance to the Acura parking lot...not a calf!
William July 14, 2011 at 05:46 PM
Maybe a maurading mountain lion will find it. If you ask the Charles Island deer, Milford has a history of needlessly destroying animals. The Monk parrots would agree too.
Denise Buffa July 14, 2011 at 05:56 PM
Thanks for your comments, William. But I think state officials destroyed the deer.
Maggie July 14, 2011 at 08:53 PM
I agree; let's save the calf that has already done so much to save himself. I suggest we name him Houdini!
RIck George July 15, 2011 at 05:49 PM
It is my understanding he has a twitter page!
Denise Buffa July 16, 2011 at 02:47 AM
Right you are, Rick. Its called milford cow!
kath July 17, 2011 at 12:08 PM
Keep running buddy, if that is what it takes to save your life!
Ellaine Lurie-Janicki July 17, 2011 at 07:24 PM
I have a feeling where it escaped from and they have a slauter house on the property. It's very sad. I hope it keeps running. Who ever find it's please save it.
Diane Campbell July 21, 2011 at 02:33 PM
Typical human scum bags. This Vegan would NOT catch it and return it to be slaughtered for some fat meat eating animal consuming scum bag to slaughtr. Go Vegan and save a effin cow u bunch of wankers
William July 21, 2011 at 03:22 PM
I think a vean would return the calf to its rightful owner.
Larissa Watt July 21, 2011 at 04:44 PM
@Diane, I admire both animal rights/human rights activists but it is not fair for you to engage in name calling b/c others choose to eat meat. Wankers? That is not the way you get people to become a vegan--educate instead.


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