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Yvonne the cow forced to give up fugitive life

The Local · 2 Sep 2011, 12:24

Published: 02 Sep 2011 07:34 GMT+02:00
Updated: 02 Sep 2011 12:24 GMT+02:00

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Yvonne was found on Thursday in Eigelsberg in the Bavarian Alps some six kilometres (3.7 miles) from the farm where she escaped, according local government sources.

But it took two tranquillizer darts from Henning Wiesner, the former director of Munich's Hellabrunn Zoo, to make the cow woozy enough that it could be loaded into a truck on Friday morning. Wiesner said he was surprised by Yvonne's fierce resistance.

"She was acting very hostile," said Wiesner. "She's got the qualities of a Spanish toro."

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The Bild newspaper had published a €10,000 euro ($14,000) reward offer for Yvonne last month after authorities told hunters they could shoot her on sight because she was a threat to traffic.

Yvonne had previously run across a forest road in front of a police car. When news of the reward was splashed on the Bild cover, hunters and locals went out in numbers beating about the woods, and an Austrian animal sanctuary offered to buy the cow if it was taken alive.

Locals brought in Yvonne's sister, Waltraut, and an alluring bull called Ernst to try to lure her out.

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"The whole family is waiting for her," said Hans Wintersteller, who directed the hunt for the wayward cow.

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Your comments about this article

10:31 September 2, 2011 by storymann
So it is true,,"The grass is greener on the other side"
15:08 September 2, 2011 by petenick
Ah poor Yvonne! I hope she doesn't end up on the Mcdonald's Menu!
16:01 September 2, 2011 by reallybigdog
Same name as my mother-in-law who coincidentally has an uncanny resemblance to this heffer.
17:01 September 2, 2011 by Englishted

Straight up ,no bull?
18:54 September 2, 2011 by marimay
Usually the mother-in-law a good indication of how wifey-poo will look in 20 years or so... ;)
18:58 September 2, 2011 by zeddriver


Would you like a shovel to dig the hole your mother in law is going to throw you into? You must like living dangerously.
05:32 September 3, 2011 by Gretl
Poor Yvonne, leader of the Now Cow Freedom and My Udder-Mein Milch Movement. We will remember you as an early leader of the revolution.
13:23 September 4, 2011 by Dayzee

your comment is where a "like" button would come in handy on this platform! lol =-D
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