BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Scary moments unfolded on the streets of west Baltimore on Wednesday afternoon after a bull got loose from its trailer.

It took police and officials from the Maryland Zoo about three hours to finally tranquilize the bull and get him back into the trailer he escaped from.

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Police said they got a call about a loose bull on North Avenue around 3:10 p.m. The bull then made it to the area of Presbury Street and North Warwick Avenue.

The bull was then corralled into a fenced-in area around the campus of Coppin State University and shot with multiple tranquilizer darts.

“It’s big, I thought it was a baby, but it’s a big, real bull,” Coppin State University student Jordyn Tucker said.

Despite being hit with the initial tranquilizer darts, the bull got around police tape and fences and wandered into a nearby neighborhood where it was finally brought down around 6 p.m. The bull, which was heavily sedated, was placed back in its trailer by a tow truck.

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“I came out on the porch and I told my wife, I said, ‘I see a bull going up the street,'” a neighbor told WJZ.

The bull’s owner said the 1-year-old, 1,600 lbs. purebred angus bull was being transported to Frederick when it escaped.

“They could’ve shot the bull two hours ago and been done with it, but they knew for us it was an expensive breeding bull,” Scott Barao, the owner of the bull, said. “I’m just in debt of gratitude because it could’ve turned out a lot different today.”

Barao said that the bull is going to be okay and that he will be back on the farm in Frederick in no time.


This isn’t the first time a bull has gotten loose in Baltimore: two bulls escaped a west Baltimore slaughterhouse in June.

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It also happened in 2016 and 2014.

Kelsey Kushner