A loose bull was spotted running on NJ Transit tracks at Newark Penn Thursday morning, causing hour-long train delays. Officials state the bull, which could be seen running up and down the tracks, was safely captured.
Because of the sheer number of people who ride through Newark Penn every day, there are many documented accounts of the peculiar incident circulating online. It’s not all that uncommon for NJ Transit to experience unexpected delays, but this is something entirely new for NJ commuters. After all, it’s not every day that you see a bull—horns and all—on your commute to work in New Jersey.
The situation is especially strange as it has yet to be solved where the bull even came from. It is assumed that the bull escaped somewhere near Newark Liberty International Airport. Newark officials clarified that the bull was tranquilized and brought into the Skylands Animal Sanctuary and Rescue where it was safely held.
The bull has been named Ricardo.
Nj Transit Bull Pictures and Video
NJ TRANSIT rail service is subject to up to 45 minute delays between Newark Penn and PSNY, due to Police activity near Newark Penn Station. NJ TRANSIT rail tickets and passes are being cross-honored by PATH and Hoboken, Newark Penn and 33rd Street New York.
Police activity: pic.twitter.com/XrtIEK5ZGH
— NJ TRANSIT (@NJTRANSIT) December 14, 2023
Here’s video of the bull on the loose this morning – it went onto the tracks at Newark Penn. I’m told they caught it. It apparently escaped near the airport – ran toward Penn – then ran back toward airport (Elizabeth) and was caught. pic.twitter.com/G0DzbTJH6j
— Adam Harding (@HardingReports) December 14, 2023
The reason that New Jersey Transit service was delayed on Thursday was something out of the wild, wild west. There was a bull, one with long horns no less, on the tracks. https://t.co/bpHeCBeLGM
— NYT Metro (@NYTMetro) December 14, 2023
Meanwhile on Wall Street, it appears that the bull run got a bit out of hand… with one of them running all the way to New Jersey.
‘Bull on the tracks delays trains in New York, New Jersey’https://t.co/0Pcj9BIQ6b
— Amit Paranjape (@aparanjape) December 14, 2023
Time to outfit NJ Transit locomotives with cowcatchers pic.twitter.com/kc5f11ouMU
— Joe Colangelo (@Itsjoeco) December 14, 2023
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