There are different versions of Moo’s story, but as reported by the Associated Press in 2007, Moo was purchased by a farmer on Long Island to be raised for beef. He wasn’t there long when he made a break for it, first hiding in the farmer’s extensive vegetable farm and then starting his travels through 10 miles of backyards, swampland, roadways and beaches. He was only 600 pounds then, but sighted often as he stopped cars on the roads, munched on grass in backyards while people ate dinner inside, and was chased by police and a veterinarian for six weeks. He was finally captured on a crowded beach and returned to his owner who immediately tied him with a rope and made sure he had a dog and a horse for company. Moo didn’t seem ruffled by any of the fuss and showed no aggression towards his captors– he just knew he wanted to be free.
But the story didn’t end there. A compassionate citizen negotiated his release from his owner, and with the help of Farm Sanctuary, this gentle, docile steer, finally found his way to SASHA Farm. These days he enjoys the comfort of relaxing in the pasture, having plenty to eat, and hanging out with lots of other cows that he calls his friends. Moo is the “quiet leader” of the herd. He is one of the older cows, which means he is in charge a lot of the time. His name is very fitting, as he moos often, and loudly, to get our attention for snacks. Though he is still a little timid around humans, he gets along with everyone. He enjoys produce and is always one of the first to greet us at the trough.
Moo is a polled Hereford steer, brown and white, with no speckles on his white face. Being one of the SASHA “old timers”, he is pals with other escapees, notably Fargo and once Jefferson, until Jefferson’s passing in 2018. You will see pictures of his photo shoots with Fargo and Jefferson, but we understand he loves MacGregor (Highland steer) most. The Hereford is a British breed, and a certain number of them are born without horns, like Moo (hence “polled”). They are known to be docile, as is Moo, and are mostly slaughtered for their beef.
Anyone who meets a Hereford falls in love with his or her sweet, innocent face and shy nature. We are so grateful that Moo made his way to SASHA – we’re pretty certain this is what he was dreaming of when he made his run for freedom. If your diet is not yet plant based, please, just look at his face. He wants to live, and he proved it. Make the change TODAY in Moo’s honor and in memory of all the “Moos” out there who haven’t been as fortunate. You can make a difference right now, and Moo will thank you forever.