A free-roaming Brahman bull on Coney Island Park, fondly referred to as Coney Island cow, has died, the National Parks Board (NParks) announced on Wednesday (Oct 12).
It could not be revived after it was sedated for blood and fecal samples to be taken during its annual health check by veterinarians on Sep 28.
"Health checks are necessary for the cow’s own wellbeing and for public health reasons, for example, to prevent the spread of diseases between animals and humans. Given its large size, sedating the cow was a standard procedure to ensure the safety of all personnel involved," NParks said.
It added that post-mortem investigations by AVA have concluded and the results show that the cow had chronic underlying illnesses, and that it likely died of heart and lung complications while sedated.
"The cow was a recognisable part of Coney Island Park and will be missed," NParks stated.
According to the NParks website, the cow's presence on the island "remains a mystery".
"The cow may have wandered in from Punggol or Lorong Halus. It was only noticed after the dam crossings were built," said NParks, adding that there were no reports of missing cows.