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Yvonne the runaway cow to be a moo-vie star

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Yvonne the runaway cow to be a moo-vie star
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07:10 CEST+02:00
Yvonne the runaway cow who became a German media sensation last summer will be charging onto the silver screen when she stars in her very own feature film – “Cow on the Run”.

The Bavarian bovine escaped in May 2011 when she was being shipped from Austria to Bavaria. She fought her way through an electric fence and slipped into the woods.

A wild cow-chase ensued before she was caught in August. Now Yvonne is to be the star of her very own €30 million feature film, set for release in 2014.

Yet the question of who will play her is not going to be a problem – the film will be animated – and Yvonne will stay in the fields of Austrian rescue centre Gut Aiderbichl where she now lives.

Follow Yvonne's odyssey in pictures

Munich-based production firm Papa-Löwe and Max Howard, producer of Disney classic “The Lion King”, knocked on the door at the Austrian animal rescue centre and put forward their plan for “Cow on the Run.”

“We're thrilled,” Britta Freitag, Gut Aiderbichl's spokeswoman told The Local.

“The film should be funny and educational, to teach children about rescued animals and also what we use cows for,” Freitag said.

Whether or not Yvonne, or even the Gut Aiderbichl centre, will cash in from the film is yet to be seen, although Freitag confirmed that, “if the film does well we may get a bit of money, which we will put towards looking after the animals in the sanctuary.”

She said that given the choice of actor to voice Yvonne, she would plump for Franziska Pigulla, who did the German voice for X-Files agent Dana Scully.

Appropriately enough, Yvonne's coat is not so different in colour from Scully actress Gillian Anderson's auburn hair.

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