Sunday, October 13, 2002

Cinci Freedom enjoys bovine bliss in N.Y.

Catching up

By Mike Pulfer
The Cincinnati Enquirer

Cinci Freedom, in case you were wondering, is still a cow, still undigested, still enjoying the good life she decided to steal by jumping a gate in Camp Washington in February.

Since moving to the Farm Sanctuary in Watkins Glen, N.Y., she has adapted to a new way of life.

“She has been completely adopted by the cow herd here,” says Lorri Bauston, executive director of the non-profit group. “She has made a lot of friends.”

Freedom, intermittently known as Moosama bin Laden, Charlie Mooken, Heidi, Stormy and Ghost Cow of Clifton, eluded police and animal welfare workers for 12 days after her escape from a slaughterhouse.

Eventually, she was captured in Mount Storm Park, in Clifton.

She was given to New York artist Peter Max, a member of the Sanctuary board of directors, in exchange for paintings that will benefit the local Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

“She is doing really, really, really well,” Ms. Bauston said. Freedom roams 100 acres of pasture land in south-central New York with 44 other cows.

Freedom, a 1,200-pound Charolais originally from southern Kentucky, hangs primarily with a clique of about 12 cows.

Her very favorite is a gal named Molly, a black and white Holstein rescued as skin and bones from a dairy farm.

Meanwhile, in Cincinnati, actress Doris Day, animal protectionist and founder of the Doris Day Animal Foundation, is scheduled to present a certificate of appreciation in connection with Freedom's episode to Harold Dates, general manager, SPCA Cincinnati, Nov. 22.

P.S. Cows are people, too.


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