Lamb hop: Baby sheep recovered from Gowanus Expressway

Lamb, cop: Police Officer Dominick Gatto shows off the lamb he rescued from the Gowanus Expressway Wednesday morning.
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It’s a lamb on the lam!

Early morning commuters on the Gowanus Expressway shared the road with a wayward lamb on Wednesday, which trotted amid traffic on a Queens-bound stretch of the highway in Sunset Park — possibly on the run from some hungry holiday revelers, according to a witness to the cloven-hoofed commuter.

“Loose lamb on the Gowanus. Not trying to be Easter Dinner,” Twitter user James wrote on the social media platform, where he posted images of the baby sheep on the pavement.

Officers with the Police Department’s Highway Patrol wrangled the loose lamb after a tipster alerted them to the animal near the expressway’s 38th Street exit at 9:18 am, according to department spokeswoman Det. Carrie Reilly.

And it is not yet clear how the critter made its way onto the elevated highway, or where it came from, according to Reilly, who noted that authorities have not recently received calls from local slaughterhouses alerting them to any escaped ewes.

Officers placed the lil’ lamb, which appeared unharmed following its trot through traffic, in the custody of Animal Care and Control after collecting the beast, Reilly said.

Reach reporter Colin Mixson at cmixson@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-4505.

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