Yvonne, the runaway cow who escaped from a farm in Germany, where she was being fattened up for slaughter, has gained her freedom. Authorities called off their three-month hunt for her and will allow Yvonne to roam free in the Bavarian woods.
The six-year-old cow escaped from her farm on May 24 and has been living as a fugitive in the thick Bavarian woods ever since. When she walked onto a busy highway and nearly collided with a police car in late July, Yvonne was declared a public hazard and the ante to capture her went up.
The town of Muhldorf ordered her to be shot and hired two hunters to track down Yvonne. Animal activists were in an uproar over the mandate and began searching for the cow to save her. Members of Gut Aiderbichl Animal Sanctuary even purchased Yvonne from the city so they could give her a new home.
Yvonne on the other hand, had ideas of her own. She fooled her potential captors time after time during the summer, evading thermal-imaging cameras, search teams and bait that included two cows she knew from the farm.
Monday, officials granted Yvonne her permanent freedom and called off their search to capture her. The cow has wandered deep enough into the woods and away from the highway that she is not deemed to be a threat to public safety any longer.
“As the animal no longer constitutes an acute threat to road traffic in its current location, no major search or capture operations are necessary,” authorities told UPI. “The Muhldorf district office requests that the animal not be disturbed in its current habitat.”
“Yvonne has truly fought for her freedom,” a spokesperson from Gut Aiderbichl said in statement. “She has shown the world that her urge to be free is strong … even for a cow.”
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