Just weeks ahead of he holiday season, an incident offered a “dog-ate-my-homework” esque excuse to the grown ups attempting their commute, only to be interrupted by a literal bull in a china shop–or rather, the train tracks. Yesterday, a mysterious bull appeared on the tracks at Newark Penn Station in New Jersey. The bull stalled the daily commute for many New Jerseyians heading into New York City, but offered several viral social media moments in return. The bull was spotted running up the tracks and captured on video by train passengers awaiting his rescue, which ultimately had a happy ending.
There's a bull on the tracks at Newark, NJ, Penn Station.
New Jersey transit says the bull is causing delays between Newark Penn Station and NY Penn Station. pic.twitter.com/UE3zznQAwH
— Moshe Schwartz (@YWNReporter) December 14, 2023
“Sorry boss gonna be late, there’s a Bull on the NJ Transit train tracks”
— Barstool Sports (@barstoolsports) December 14, 2023
New Jersey radio station WCBS 880 claimed that the bull had a escaped from a slaughterhouse, though an exact location for his escape route is still under investigation. The bull first emerged at 10:30 a.m., and somehow gained entrance to the station, and wound up on the tracks, delaying a number of trains in his wake. Despite the delays, passengers appeared quite amused by the chaos.
Good mornin, there is currently a cow wreaking havoc on the NEC in Newark pic.twitter.com/F23Lq1CY6Y
— Julian 🚇 🐝 (@julestrainman) December 14, 2023
After following the bull for hours, Members of the Newark Police Emergency Services Unit and Port Authority Police Department eventually led him into a fenced area near the station after he left the tracks. Fox 5 then captured video footage of the bull being led into a transportation vehicle.
A bull somehow got loose on the tracks at Newark Penn Station. Authorities were able to wrangle the animal and prevent him from causing even moo-re chaos: https://t.co/gBtP8NB4y0 pic.twitter.com/vgvQAqYvXr
— FOX 5 NY (@fox5ny) December 14, 2023
As of this morning, the story has a happy ending–the bull, once destined for slaughter, has found a new home at an animal sanctuary. NJ Transit made the announcement on their social media pages. Skyland Sanctuary takes in animals who survived slaughterhouses or other unsafe conditions. The sanctuary is located in Wantage, New Jersey.
— NJ TRANSIT (@NJTRANSIT) December 15, 2023
Social Media Reactions To Bullgate
Onlookers were largely happy to see the bull find a safe home after his troubles. Images of the bull on the way to his sanctuary continue to emerge.
I’m just so happy for the New Jersey bull who escaped slaughter – he lives in a sanctuary now! He did it! pic.twitter.com/fpXKg4PtI8
— Jeanette Hayes (@jeanettehayes) December 15, 2023
Some joked that the absurd yet heartwarming story would make for a perfect Pixar film.
Should animate the story and make it Pixar
— Rory. (@RawrEWreckz) December 15, 2023
Others joke that the bull was running faster and made it to his destination quicker than the NJ Transit itself. The system is known for its frequent delays and vulnerability to the elements. This past summer, flooding occurred throughout the greater New York City area amid torrential rains.
He made it to a sanctuary faster than folks get anywhere on NJ Transit!
— CJ Griffin (@CJGriffinEsq) December 15, 2023
The bull has been named Ricardo, and he appears to be in great health after his ordeal. Many X users continue to marvel at the bull’s tenacity and survival skills.
May we all meet such a fate as NJ Transit Bull someday … escape, stardom, sanctuary. https://t.co/RA7TW00Vca
— Iva Dixit (@ivadixit) December 15, 2023
The true mystery remains surrounding how the bull made its way onto the train tracks. NJ Transit is back up an running as usual, as are the AmTrack and PATH trains that also operate out of the station. Will delays continue to impact trains this week? Well, when there’s a bull, there’s a way.