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Race To Save Yvonne, The Runaway Cow

Race To Save Yvonne, The Runaway Cow

Animal activists are racing against time to save a runaway cow named Yvonne from hunters and police who are aiming to shoot her. The cow has been happily wandering in the woods and along a Bavarian highway evading her captures since May, but her recent antics have put a bounty on her head.

Yvonne is an Austrian cow escaped from a farm where she was being “fattened up for slaughter.” Since then she has outsmarted authorities and an animal rescue group that has tried to round her up.

Yvonne appears to be so intelligent she even taught herself to graze at night, like a deer, so she can’t be easily seen.

According to ABC News International, Yvonne recently made a move that changed how authorities view her free roaming spirit. The cow walked onto the highway and almost caused an accident with a police car.

Law enforcement branded her a threat to drivers and ordered her to be brought in “dead or alive.”

The town assigned two hunters with tranquilizers and guns to track down Yvonne.

Animal activists from the Gut Aiderbichl Animal Sanctuary have been looking for Yvonne since her escape, but have now stepped up their efforts. The rescue group bought the cow for $988 from the town and plans to take her back to their sanctuary in nearby Salzburg; if they can find her.

They are combing the woods in all-terrain vehicles with infrared cameras, but may turn to a tranquilizer gun, if time runs out. According to Fox News they came close to capturing Yvonne, but she quickly “darted back into the bushes.”

If stalking the cow at night doesn’t reel her in, the rescuers may use another approach and appeal to her emotional side.

Hans Wintersteller, manager of the sanctuary told NBC, “His colleagues have purchased Waltraud, a former stall-mate of Yvonne’s, and a calf named Waldi, and hope the cow will see them and be drawn to them by a need for companionship. They also hope to appeal to Yvonne’s maternal instincts.”

Wintersteller’s team also put out a trap with food, hoping to entice Yvonne. He said there are multiple obstacles in capturing her.

“We see her two to three times a day,” Wintersteller said to Deutsche Presse-Agentur. “But this is thick forest with very, very tight spaces. That’s where she’s hidden herself.”

“She’s also got brains. She is clever in all sorts of ways. She is so smart she doesn’t emerge from her hiding place unless she knows the coast is clear.”

We hope Yvonne will able to tell who is trying to help her and who is trying to hurt her, but for now she continues to elude both her rescuers and hunters.

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3:50AM PDT on Apr 2, 2013

Thank you.

10:59AM PDT on Apr 1, 2013

I wish we had an update on it... Is she safe in a sanctuary?

4:08AM PST on Dec 17, 2012

this is a great story and yet a sad story i wont reiterate what other have said, but i wonder is this the path of evolution, someone did compare this to the slaughterhouses of the Nazi's and i know that some escaped . thus too pass on their lineage and knowledge,, isnt that evolution as well, maybe this cow is the dawn of a new breed of animal that will one day have the power and a voice to step up and we will listen and stop killing them, until then we are the species that has the power to stop this sadistic unnecessary need to feed on the flesh of other living beings. to those who say I am proud or happy meat eater because i go kill it myself, were the Nazi guards proud or better because they got rid of millions of Jews or were they followers who did what they were told and bought the bill of goods that were given to them. i am a well know jewelry designer and it makes me laugh and i will compare this same analogy to the diamond trade,Diamonds are one of the most common stones in the world but De Beers marketed it and told us all that Diamonds are precious and we still believe this today. it takes courage to see the truth it takes courage to not do what everyone else does, it takes courage to stand up and educate your self the eating meat is a for profit industry , it takes courage to face oneself in the mirror and say to oneself that killing any living creature is wrong, it takes courage to counteract ignorance , it takes courage to educate oneself to fact that if you do

10:47AM PDT on Apr 4, 2012

I pray she is only found by some kind folks ..she deserves kindness and loving home just like any other creature...Yvonne is not a threat to anyones safety and I wish all efforts are made to rescue her for the sanctuary and loving home somewhere.

10:48PM PDT on Mar 18, 2012

If you have men who will exclude any of God's creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men.
---St. Francis of Assisi

3:34PM PDT on Mar 18, 2012

Who claims 'cows are stupid'?.Is there solid evidence to back that claim up?.Quite frankly,HUMANS ARE STUPID,AND LIVING ..........'INSIDE THE BOX'.

3:33PM PDT on Mar 18, 2012

Lidia, aren't you the one that just said in another thread that you don't vote? So I would take it that your opinion isn't worth shit, since you only talk, and don't walk.

3:31PM PDT on Mar 18, 2012

And as for my 'psychic gifts'.mock it all you wish MARIE,You are making yourself look as worse as you are,and are showing those who are now having an awareness of you,how you truly are as a human being.Too bad your so powerful,you couldnt see OKINAWA HAPPENING.LOL.!.

2:34AM PDT on Mar 18, 2012

Great to know she is now safe in a sanctuary.............@Travis H...'.Yawn' you're grounded!

6:16PM PST on Dec 7, 2011

Mark
austrians also gave us beautiful music think Strauss Waltzes, food to die for, the Sound of Music and all of its great corny songs.
I hope the cow is o.k. too.

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