Despite the matador-like duty of police officers and slaughterhouse workers rounding up the cattle in parks and parking lots, no injuries were reported.
Star Packing Company owner Omar Hamdan said that he would be willing to sell the cattle, which can go for around $1,800.
In this Thursday, March 30, 2017 photo, a heifer busts through an iron fence at the Little Sisters of the Poor in St. Louis.
Six heifers slipped out of the Star Packing Co. and took to north St. Louis streets, trotting through neighborhoods and interrupting traffic. Officers can be seen holding tranquilizer rifles. A cattle trailer is backed up to a home in the area.
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Gentle Barn co-founder Jay Weiner says his animal sanctuary intends to keep the steers either at its Tennessee farm or a new one. "They're just running for their life", Farm Sanctuary director Susie Coston said. Thursday's escape attempt was a first for the plant, Hamdan said.
"If anyone wants to buy them", he told the Post-Dispatch, "that's fine".
A vegetarian from suburban St. Louis started a GoFundMe page to buy the animals' freedom, setting a goal of $20,000.