A cow has escaped from a New York City slaughterhouse and may have a new lease on life.

Police say the black heifer bolted Wednesday afternoon from MusaHala Inc., which butchers animals according to religiousrestrictions.

It wandered in Queens for nearly a mile before police capturedit an hour later and took it to an Animal Care and Control center,where it was nicknamed Molly.

Officials there are looking into whether Molly can be placed ata farm sanctuary or must be returned for slaughter. It depends onwhether anyone claims her.

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In 2002, an Ohio cow jumped a 6-foot fence to escape from a Cincinnati meatpacking plant and ran free in a park for 10 days.

She was nicknamed Cinci Freedom.