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Published March 23, 2014, 05:23 PM

Waldo the cow who made a break from slaughter is now safely in a new home

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.

"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 knifeā€¦ 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."

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