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Sussex County animal sanctuary receives $10K donation from NJ Transit after sales of ‘Ricardo the bull’ stuffed animals

WANTAGE TOWNSHIP, NJ (Sussex County) – New Jersey Transit CEO Kevin Corbett on Friday presented a check for $10,000 to Skylands Animal Sanctuary and Rescue in Wantage Township.

The proceeds came from Ricardo stuffed animal sales.

“NJT would like to thank Mike for all he has done and we wish Ricardo a lifetime of happiness and hay!,” NJ Transit posted on X.

(Photo Credit | NJ Transit/X)
(Photo Credit | NJ Transit/X)

On Thursday Dec. 14, the Texas longhorn steer captured the hearts of people throughout the tri-state area and animal lovers everywhere.

The bull, named Ricardo, wandered onto the train tracks at Newark Penn Station while police officers and animal rescue workers attempted to safely corral him.

Ricardo was safely captured and transported to Skylands Animal Sanctuary & Rescue in Sussex County where he was seen by a veterinarian and is now resting comfortably.

This heartwarming tale inspired NJ TRANSIT to introduce an adorable plush companion, named after the real-life bull. The Ricardo the Bull stuffed animal sold for $20.

Portions of the proceeds then went directly to Skylands Animal Sanctuary & Rescue. Skylands rescues, rehabilitates and cares for farm animals that have escaped slaughter. It provides 232 acres of pastures for over 400 farmed animals while advocating for animal welfare issues.

(Photo Credit | NJ Transit/X)
(Photo Credit | NJ Transit/X)

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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