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Published March 22, 2014, 09:27 PM

Steer that escaped in Casselton on his way to Michigan animal sanctuary

Casselton, ND (WDAY TV) - The story of a steer that made a break for it on his way to slaughter has a happy ending.

By: Becky Parker, WDAY

Casselton, ND (WDAY TV) - The story of a steer that made a break for it on his way to slaughter has a happy ending.

After an animal-lover in Chicago heard our story two weeks ago, and he pulled some strings.

Now, the steer will live out his days at a Michigan animal sanctuary.

"He doesn't know how lucky he is yet. But he'll figure it out soon."

This is Waldo.

He became something of a local celebrity when he caused a stir in Casselton, wandering around town after kicking out a gate at the meat processing plant.

Todd Sadeck/Farmer: "Everything was going great and he just decided he wanted no part of it."

Even though he was captured after a few hours, it seems his rebellion has paid off.

Today, the 1,800 pound steer is on his way to a new life.

Monte Jackson drove here from a Michigan animal sanctuary called Sasha Farm to buy Waldo from farmer Todd Sadeck, and take him to his new home.

Monte Jackson/Sasha Farm: "One of our supporters in Chicago heard about it and said will you take him if I can convince this gentleman?"

Sadeck: "I thought it was odd at first that someone would come all that way for a critter. It all makes sense now."

Many of the farm animals on Sasha Farm come from abusive owners.

But a few, like Waldo here, are simply runaways.

Jackson: "People like to think, you're rescuing an animal that had the spirit to run away."

So, in the end, this spirited steer has avoided the butcher's knife and will live out his days in greener pastures.

Jackson: "He wanted to be free! And now he will be free. Well, not free, I'll keep him fenced. *laughs* But he'll think he's free."

Waldo's Price Tag? $1,600.

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