#191 Yvonne, the runaway cow

By Cathryn Wellner / November 19, 2011

Animals are far more clever and sensitive than most of us humans ever figure out. Take the case of Yvonne, the Bavarian cow. In summer 2011 the six-year-old, brown dairy cow slipped out of the electrified enclosure where she and her mates were grazing and went walkabout.

Maybe she sensed her milking days were over. Perhaps she remembered that others like her had disappeared, never to return. One thing that is certain is that she was destined for the slaughterhouse.

For three months she eluded everyone trying to catch her. She was spotted in fields and tracked through forests. She learned to hide during the day and forage at night.

When an animal psychic failed to connect with the roaming bovine, a German tabloid newspaper, the Bild, offered a €10,000 reward for her safe return.

Three months after her bold escape, Yvonne wandered onto a farm. The farmer claimed the reward, and Gut Aiderbichl, an animal sanctuary bought her freedom.

Now she will live the rest of her days in Deggendorf, the stuff of legend for visitors.

[Update: Yvonne is going to be the star of an animated movie, to be released in 2013.]


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