The hunt is on for Ganesha the runaway Lim Chu Kang farm bull

A search party on April 10, 2019, looking for the missing bull who escaped from his pen at Viknesh Dairy Farm in Lim Chu Kang.
A search party on April 10, 2019, looking for the missing bull who escaped from his pen at Viknesh Dairy Farm in Lim Chu Kang.ST PHOTO: CHONG JUN LIANG
The two-year-old black and white bull Ganesha escaped its pen at Viknesh Dairy Farm on Tuesday.
The two-year-old black and white bull Ganesha escaped its pen at Viknesh Dairy Farm on Tuesday.ST PHOTO: CHONG JUN LIANG
Ganesha escaped from one of these sheds in Viknesh Dairy Farm. He was found to be missing from his pen on Tuesday morning.
Ganesha escaped from one of these sheds in Viknesh Dairy Farm. He was found to be missing from his pen on Tuesday morning.ST PHOTO: CHONG JUN LIANG
Ganesha is one of a herd of 36 at the farm. The cattle are bred for milk and also take part in religious ceremonies such as temple openings.
Ganesha is one of a herd of 36 at the farm. The cattle are bred for milk and also take part in religious ceremonies such as temple openings.ST PHOTO: CHONG JUN LIANG

SINGAPORE - A hunt is under way for Ganesha the bull who escaped from his pen at a Lim Chu Kang dairy farm.

Around 15 officers from the Singapore Food Agency (SFA) and National Parks Board were seen at Viknesh Dairy Farm on Wednesday morning (April 10), searching for the two-year-old black and white bull who broke through a metre-high fence on Tuesday.

The farm's 78-year-old owner, who gave his name as Mr Manikandan, believes Ganesha is still within his 2.8ha property - around the size of four football pitches - and does not believe the animal poses a danger to the public.

"The bull is still on our farm, not in the public or on open roads," he said. "The authorities are currently helping us with the search in the jungle."

The farm's employees realised that Ganesha, who is named after the Hindu elephant god, was not in his pen on Tuesday morning and informed the SFA.

The SFA reported the bull's escape in a Facebook post and urged members of the public not to approach him.

Ganesha is one of a herd of 36 at the farm. The cattle are bred for milk and also take part in religious ceremonies such as temple openings.

 
 

Nearby farms have been urged to contact the authorities if they see Ganesha.

Mr Thanikodi Iswaran, manager of the nearby Dairy Folks farm, said cows are unlikely to venture far from their herd.

"Bulls are strong animals so they might break out of their pens, although that is not a common occurrence," he said.

"Even if they do break out of the barns, there are two-metre fences around the farm that will prevent them from going on the main roads."