The name from the practice operator got here in simply earlier than 11 a.m. on Monday to the New York City subway’s command middle, an alert uncommon even for a system accustomed to morning commutes with delays: There was a breaking state of affairs unfolding on the tracks.
Two goats have been on the lam.
The white goats with brown heads spent the morning trotting alongside the N practice line in Brooklyn, making their manner from the Fort Hamilton Parkway cease towards the eighth Avenue cease, in keeping with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, which runs the subways.
“We’re told they were munching grass,” mentioned Jon Weinstein, a spokesman for the M.T.A. They have been tranquilized and captured simply earlier than 1 p.m., in keeping with the M.T.A.
Fortunately, the portion of the Sea Beach line the pair selected for his or her ramble has been closed to coach visitors for station rehabilitation. They did, nonetheless, graze near an electrified third rail. By 11:30 a.m., subway crews joined by the police had corralled them onto one of many closed tracks, in keeping with the M.T.A.
Riders skilled momentary service adjustments to the southbound N practice. Around midday on Monday, the police boarded an empty N practice, which ferried officers down the monitor to retrieve the wayward herbivores.
“They do not have names as far as we know,” Mr. Weinstein mentioned.
They may by now. Jon Stewart, the comic, and his spouse, Tracey, picked up the goats in Brooklyn and transported them a part of the way in which to Farm Sanctuary, a shelter in Watkins Glen, N.Y., a spokeswoman for the shelter mentioned.
“There, they will receive medical examinations and the world-class, individualized care,” the spokeswoman, Meredith Turner-Smith, mentioned in a assertion. They are each males, and are of the Boer breed, which is usually used for its meat, Ms. Turner-Smith mentioned.
Mr. Stewart, the previous host of “The Daily Show,” and his spouse have been supporters of the shelter since 2015, once they opened Farm Sanctuary’s fourth location at their farm in New Jersey. Tracey Stewart can be on the board of administrators of the farm animal safety group that operates shelters in New York and California.