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Alert: Bull on the loose after escaping a Lim Chu Kang dairy farm

That’s gotta be some bull.

Photo: USDA

The Singapore Food Agency (SFA) has announced that the bull that escaped from a dairy farm in Lim Chu Kang on Tuesday (9 Apr) is currently still at large.

The agency announced the news on their Facebook page late last night that it is working with National Parks Board (NParks) and the farm to track down the animal.

While the name of the farm has not been revealed, Viknesh Dairy Farm has stated that the bull does not belong to them. Dairy folks have yet to responded queries yet.

Do not engage

SFA advises the public not to approach or provoke the bull to avoid injury (mostly to yourself).

Bulls are notoriously one of the most dangerous livestock to be around. Contrary to their burly appearances, they are neither slow nor dumb, let alone clumsy.

The number one rule is to use plain common sense. If you so happen as to see a bull hiding in plain sight, avoid the area at all cost even if it means taking a huge detour to get to where you were going in the first place.

However, should the public find themselves in the same vicinity as a bull and it has seen you and is most certainly about to make a move on you— obvious signs of aggression like glaring, head-shaking and pawing the earth. First instinct is to hide up the nearest available tree or obstruction. Basically, run and hide.

The last thing you should ever do is to attempt to hit it, if you get attacked basically nothing stops a bull from attacking you except until it loses its interest in you. So, your best option might be to play dead and hope it moves on.

This instruction article does say that if you find that you simply have no choice but to hit it, do it and do it hard across its muzzle. Animal cruelty aside, it might save your life.

Should anyone catch sight of the bull, they should immediately go to a safe location as per the instructions above and call the Animal Response Centre at 1800-476-1600.

Update: As of Wednesday (Apr 10), the bull is confirmed to be within the premises of Viknesh Dairy Farm.

Mr Manikandan, the farm’s owner, indicated that the word “escape” may have been misleading as the 2-year old calf, known as Ganesha, had only escaped from his pen and was still within the vicinity of the 7-acre farm.

“The cow did not escape; escape means go outside (onto the) road, go Jalan Besar, go to other places, … it did not go outside, it’s inside our farm.”

— Mr Manikandan.

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