Here's What Happened When We Tried To Go See The 'Newly Freed' Wall Street Bull

Wall Street Bull

Photo: babblingdweeb / Flickr

Word came this weekend from the NY Post that the NYPD planned to remove the barricades from around the Wall Street bull this Monday.So Business Insider went downtown to check out the Bull and taste the sweetness of his freedom.

But there was one problem. The fence was still there.

The officer keeping guard inside the metal fence said the barricades had in fact been removed early Monday, but they were soon replaced and remain up as of this afternoon. He didn’t know why.

However, none of the tourists making the pilgrimage to the symbol of a rising market seemed to mind.

Most were more bemused than anything. One couple visiting from California said they found the protection ‘strange’ but did not hesitate from then talking a series of photos from as close a range as they could get.

One of the members of the security team on the site said that the NYPD have the bull under camera surveillance and have over the last few days seen a number of people hop the fence late at night in a attempt to damage the statue. Luckily, none were successful in doing any permanent damage.

The scene as of 2pm this afternoon

The police cruiser sits to the North of the bull, directly adjacent the iconic horns

Traffic continues to flow as usual on both sides on the sculpture

The by now familiar image of a police line in lower Manhattan

Despite being penned in, the bull is festively attired

The security detail is made up of a NYPD officer and a tourist information official working for the Downtown Alliance

The Downtown Alliance employee explains the situation to photo seeking tourists

Tourists pressed close to the barricade to get the closest angle

A family, with varying levels of enthusiasm, takes a photo in front of the bull

Sadly, no modelling scouts were on hand to catch this pose

With barricades in place, those seeking a photo with the source of the bull's virility must resort to tactics more commonly seen in Piza or at the Taj Mahal

Interesting fact: according to security officers on site, the tail is structurally the weakest park of the bull

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