'Escaped' bull within premises of Lim Chu Kang farm: Owner

'Escaped' bull within premises of Lim Chu Kang farm: Owner

Cow enclosure at Lim Chu Kang dairy farm
A cow enclosure at Viknesh Dairy Farm in Lim Chu Kang. (Photo: Matthew Mohan)

SINGAPORE: A bull which reportedly escaped from a dairy farm in Lim Chu Kang is currently within the premises of Viknesh Dairy Farm, said the farm’s owner on Wednesday (Apr 10). 

The owner, who only gave his name as Mr Manikandan, said the two-year-old calf named Ganesha had escaped from its pen on Tuesday.

Viknesh Dairy Farm in Lim Chu Kang
Viknesh Dairy Farm in Lim Chu Kang. (Photo: Matthew Mohan)

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

When CNA visited at noon on Wednesday, a search party of at least 10 people was in the vicinity of the property looking for the bull. Some were seen bashing through thick vegetation adjacent to cow stalls. 

Search party for missing bull in Lim Chu Kang
A group searches for the missing bull in the vicinity of the dairy farm on Apr 10, 2019. (Photo: Matthew Mohan)

The 7-acre farm currently has 36 cows. 

The Singapore Food Agency (SFA) had said on Tuesday that it was working with the National Parks Board and the farm to locate the escaped animal, and advised anyone who spots the bull to steer clear.

A group of individuals including SFA personnel, seen within the premise of Viknesh Dairy Farm
A group, including SFA personnel, seen within the premise of Viknesh Dairy Farm. (Photo: Matthew Mohan)

"Members of the public are advised not to approach or provoke the bull," SFA said in a statement.

"The farms in the vicinity have been advised of the escaped bull and to contact the authorities, if sighted," it said.

In response to CNA's queries, SFA said on Wednesday that it issued the alert in the interest of public safety. 

"SFA officers inspected the farm to ascertain that the bull was missing from Viknesh’s premises. There is a possibility that the bull has ventured out of the farm’s premises as there was a break in the farm’s fencing," said the agency. 

"In the interest of public safety, SFA alerted farms in the vicinity and issued a statement to alert the public."

SFA added that the search for the missing bull is ongoing. 

Members of the public who spot the bull should report sightings to the Animal Response Centre at 1800-476-1600.

Source: CNA/rw

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