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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Tammy Andrews
Tammy Andrews3 years ago

Since this story is from August 2011...wondering what happened to Yvonne? I see that a past member posted she was found and is living happily everafter. I hop this is the case.

Stardust Noel
Stardust N3 years ago

She sounds so smart, & has earned the right to life, so I hope she is rescued & goes to the sanctuary .

Mary Jane R.
Mary Jane R3 years ago

People cannot be outsmarted by anyone; they must prove they "superiority". So obviously they cannot stand being outsmarted by a "simple" cow... Something must be done! Their "intelligence" is in danger! They must prove that a cow cannot beat them. What they don't know is that a "victory" over an animal is a hollow one... It means nothing, nothing at all.

Yola Stavridou
.3 years ago

She was clever enough to escape from her cruel fate.I hope she is caught and taken to a sanctuary not back to the farm to be slaughtered.

Past Member
Past Member 3 years ago

According to reports, Yvonne was found and living happily ever after!

Lori R
loreta R3 years ago

Go Yvonne!! ....... I sure hope we get an update soon with the wonderful news that she is safe and happy!

Karen Martinez
Karen Martinez3 years ago

Good article. Hope Yvonne manages to elude the hunters. Comments here are a hoot. That's what I love about Care2. Someone writes something stupid, and folks just jump in and let her/him know. No Mercy--except to animals, children, the down-trodden...

Shanti S.
S S4 years ago

Thank you.

Edvanir L.
Edvanir L4 years ago

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

Anthony Camargo
Anthony Camargo5 years ago

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