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Rampaging 'wild cows' near A1 autobahn shot dead

DPA/The Local · 10 Feb 2010, 08:25

Published: 10 Feb 2010 08:25 GMT+01:00

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Officers in the town of Unna were alerted early in morning that the bovine rebels had broken out of their farmyard pen and had come dangerously close to the A1 motorway.

“They were out of control and came as close as 100 metres from the autobahn,” a police spokesperson said. “It’s like with people, when that first bit of adrenaline goes out, when they’ve become wild, it’s difficult to calm them again.”

Veterinarians and hunters were unable to corral the skittish cows, meanwhile police efforts were also unsuccessful.

The wild beasts roamed the area in the dark for more than four hours, resisting even the last ditch effort to lure them back home with another, happier cow.

Police said they had only one choice: using their night-vision equipment to shoot the animals.

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“We tried everything,” the police spokesperson said. “But the possibilities were exhausted at some point and the safety of humans simply comes first.”

DPA/The Local (news@thelocal.de)

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Your comments about this article

14:27 February 10, 2010 by mixxim
I agree that they must be city boys, the one in front looks like a bull!
15:52 February 10, 2010 by galam
Other than shooting these innocent animals, was it not possible to shoot sleeping injection? So that you could have captured them in their sleep and hand over to the farmers?
16:13 February 10, 2010 by mixxim
Thet look pretty docile on the pic. Perhaps they freaked out on seeing the Blue lights and hearing the Klaxons. It was probably a quicker end than the abatoirs anyway.
16:22 February 10, 2010 by lordkorner
Brings that great song to mind,www.cowswithguns.com) check it out.
17:25 February 10, 2010 by Legal E
Well after the last lot decided to run over a dog that they could not control it seems that the damage to the car may have been too much to ram these little beasties.

Should have Tasered them and sold video on u-tube with a colleague riding them back to the farm at warp factor 9. Then they can then use the cash to fix the car that ran over the dog... not too bright our boys in Green, or is it blue up there?
21:07 February 10, 2010 by hanskarl
Having worked on a farm and wondering one of the animals was a bull I can assure you that the cost to the farmer in not having that bull is far greater than losing two cows. Hopefully the authorities will release the dispatched animals to the farmer. That way he can have them processed and provide for the family.
05:32 February 21, 2010 by mike short
Ever heard of darts and drugs? Excuse me for asking, I guess you had to take care of the King Kong "wild as hell" cows. I hope you "JERKS" get a metal for "Bravery". Save this story for your grand children, I am sure they will be proud of this good deed.
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