Free-roaming cow on Coney Island dies
THE famed but elusive Brahman bull on Coney Island died last month during a routine health check.
The National Parks Board (NParks) said yesterday that the animal could not be revived after it was sedated for blood and faecal samples during its annual health check by veterinarians on Sept 28.
NParks is making the announcement only now as post-mortem investigations by the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority have just concluded.
The results showed the bull had chronic underlying illnesses, and that it had probably died of heart and lung complications while sedated.
"Health checks are necessary for the cow's own well-being and for public health reasons, for example, to prevent the spread of diseases between animals and humans," said NParks in a statement.
"Given its large size, sedating the cow was a standard procedure to ensure the safety of all personnel involved."
It was a mystery how the bull had got on the island in the first place, and its age is unknown.
NParks first found it while in the process of setting up the 50ha Coney Island Park.
The park, connected to the mainland by two bridges on its western and eastern ends to Punggol Promenade and Pasir Ris Coast Industrial Park 6, was opened to the public in October last year.
The cow was sickly and malnourished when it was first found but recovered after foraging naturally on the abundance of vegetation on the island.
"The cow was a recognisable part of Coney Island Park and will be missed," said NParks. However, few visitors had actually seen the elusive, doe-eyed animal.
Gao Kaihui, 28, had been hoping to see it during a trip to the park next week.
Said the healthcare worker: "I had the slightest hope of seeing the elusive bull but I guess it was probably old and NParks had done its duty of providing as much as they could since knowing of its existence.
"It is probably the only lucky bull that has roamed free in Singapore's vastly fast-developing concrete city."