Above: Wilfred settles into his new home at the Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary. Photo courtesy of WFAS.
News flash: Yet another kinda-famous Brooklynite makes an escape to the Catskills. (He's got the obligatory goatee and piercings, too.)
Meet the newest inhabitant of the Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary: Wilfred the goat, who made headlines a couple of weeks ago when he was discovered running wild in a Bed-Stuy parking lot.
Wilfred's ear tags were evidence that he was on the lam from a local slaughterhouse. The goat led New York City police on a merry chase down Atlantic Avenue, attracting passersby and TV news crews in the process.
Lucky for Wilfred, the parking lot he darted into just happened to have a West African goat herder on the staff: parking lot attendant Ndiaye Seydou, who captured the goat like a pro. The New York Daily News reported:
Seydou, a native of Mauritania who was a goat herder with his father before emigrating to America and taking up a career herding cars, quickly made a lasso and chased the animal down.
“They were trying to catch the goat, but had no idea how to do it,” Seydou told reporters.
Rather than force the now-famous escapee to face the chopping block, city officials turned Wilfred over to the vegan advocates of the Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary, where staff and volunteers say he's settling in just fine:
Our volunteer Mike Stura is well-experienced in transporting scared animals, and he was there at the crack of dawn to get Wilfred from the city’s shelter before anything could happen to him. Once at WFAS, Wilfred received veterinary attention, a warm straw-bedded stall, and plenty of nourishing grain and hay. He is underweight and still skittish of humans, but has been slowly acclimating to his new home.
Below: Video of local news coverage of Wilfred's capture in Brooklyn, posted on YouTube by the Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary.