This past Saturday morning on a farm in western Germany, a cow who was being sent to the slaughterhouse ran away. The year-and-a-half old, 500 kilogram cow jumped and galloped over two barbed wire fences to the town of Sangerhof, two kilometers away. She next leaped over a hedge — and ended up in an ice-filled swimming pool.
The pool’s owner quickly alerted firemen. It took six people to help get her out; they first had to pump out some of the water so the very chilly creature would not drown. Gerhard Steinhauer, the farmer who owns the cow, then pulled her out with his tractor.
The “Kuhl im Pool” attracted plenty of media attention, with many animal protection organizations emailing Steinhauer not to send the cow to the slaughterhouse. The fire department’s phone was also ringing off the hook, says the newspaper General Anzeiger.
As of Thursday, December 13, Steinhauer said that he will spare the cow from the slaughterhouse and that he has been speaking to Gut Aiderbichl, an animal sanctuary. Steinhauer is only waiting to receive a health certificate from the district’s veterinary office.
He had been in part swayed after speaking to Michael Aufhauser, the director of Gut Aiderbichl. Aufhauser had noted that, since the cow had been able to survive such an ordeal, she certainly had the right to live — “which I agree with,” said Steinhauer.
Gut Aiderbichl is the same animal sanctuary that purchased Yvonne, the cow who broke through an electric fence on the farm where she was being fattened up for the abattoir. Evading all human efforts to find her, Yvonne roamed for three months in the Bavarian woods. Earlier this year, Reuters reported that there are plans for a Hollywood animated film about Yvonne’s escape and adventures. It is to be entitled “Cow on the Run.”
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