A toddler was injured and police were sent scrambling when a calf that bolted from a Brooklyn slaughterhouse ran several miles through the streets to Prospect Park, authorities said.
The young bull was believed to have escaped from a slaughterhouse in the Sunset Park section of Brooklyn and traveled about two miles to the Parade Ground around 11 a.m. Tuesday.
It was spotted at one point near the Prospect Expressway near exits 2 and 3.
“Just saw a COW bolting up 17th St in S. Slope,” @rosieschaap wrote on Twitter. “On the sidewalk. In case I thought there was nothing new to be seen after a lifetime in NYC.”
On its way into the Parade Ground, the animal knocked over a 1-year-old girl in a stroller.
She was taken to a nearby hospital to be treated for minor injuries as a result of the ordeal, a police source said.
The calf was also reportedly struck by a car on its charge into the section of the park, where soccer, baseball, softball and football are played.
The NYPD’s Emergency Services Unit trapped the bull in a dugout near Coney Island and Caton Aves., where the Animal Care Centers of NYC (ACC) used a tranquilizer to sedate the animal.
It was then loaded into an NYPD horse carrier at about 1:20 p.m.
The calf was taken to one of ACC’s shelters, where it will be cared for until a new home is found, police said.