A bull, not in West Baltimore
A bull, not in West Baltimore

This isn’t a rerun. Baltimore awoke to news that bulls were on the loose in Baltimore on Friday morning.

According to Baltimore Police, the bulls escaped from a slaughterhouse. While they began on the road, the duo eventually wandered down a path at the Penn Square Apartments, near Penn North. The area had some grass for grazing, and a playground. But this stop to enjoy their newfound freedom offered authorities a chance to set up fences and corral them. Police confirmed they were “taken into custody.”

Bulls on the run in West Baltimore captured after creating a commotion: https://t.co/GbPo7C4v5Z #LiveOnFOX45 pic.twitter.com/LVTKuvyRVZ

— FOX Baltimore (@FOXBaltimore) July 22, 2016

“This could’ve been a serious situation because they were running down the streets of Baltimore at one point,” said police spokesman TJ Smith.

The scene harkened back to the summer of 2014, when another bull escaped from the same slaughterhouse, George G. Ruppersberger and Sons. In that case, the bull had to be shot. The latest bulls on the lam may not be spared the plate. But this being America, we were happy not to witness our food’s fate.

Bulls in custody. Thanks for everyone’s patience. pic.twitter.com/zI6oO7ZrG8

— Baltimore Police (@BaltimorePolice) July 22, 2016

Around the time the bulls were being taken back to the slaughterhouse, at least one group argued the bulls earned the right to roam. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals released a statement, committing to find the bulls a home if they were released.

“These bulls have shown ingenuity and determination and should be granted their freedom,”said PETA President Ingrid Newkirk. “No bull deserves to be hacked apart for brisket or burgers, and these two are ambassadors for the rest.”

Stephen Babcock

Stephen Babcock is the editor of Technical.ly Baltimore and an editor-at-large of Baltimore Fishbowl.