Frequent transit commuters understand the saying “herded like cattle” in relation to a busy subway car, but one New Jersey bull took the phrase a bit too literally and found his way onto the tracks at Newark’s Penn Station Thursday morning. It’s not clear exactly how the bull got there, but it caused train delays of up to 45 minutes according to NJ Transit, the public transit agency responsible for commuter service between the Garden State and New York City.
The PATH train, another rapid transit link between Newark and Manhattan, suspended service for roughly 30 minutes before resuming it with delays. During the suspension, commuters were asked to clear steer, ahem, steer clear of the area. “We're bullish on keeping you moving, but this situation was bull!” the transit provider posted to X.
According to Gothamist, the Newark Public Safety Department said police first responded to a call reporting a bull loose behind a building on Frelinghuysen Avenue close to Victoria Street, near Newark Liberty International Airport around 10:46 a.m. Whether this encounter was before or after the bull made its way onto the tracks isn’t immediately clear, but around 2.8 miles separate that location from the train station, according to Google Maps. As of shortly after noon, NJ Transit reported the bull was no longer on the tracks, and shortly thereafter, it was captured by law enforcement.
Greg Mocker of NYC’s PIX11 News shared a photo of the bull and a video of an enclosed animal trailer on X an hour later, mentioning that it was headed to Skylands Animal Sanctuary for medical attention.
Thankfully, the bull appeared to be uninjured, and his big-city dream of being a Broadway star was the only casualty. Commuters may have been late for work, but at least they had a hell of a story to tell and plenty of photographic proof. That’s what we call a best-case scenario, folks.
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