Skip to comments.Cows Kill German Dog Walker in Austria
Posted on 07/30/2014 7:49:04 PM PDT by nickcarraway
A 45-year-old German woman died when she was attacked by a herd of 20 cows and calves on Monday afternoon on an Alpine pasture in Tyrol's Stubaital valley.
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Police said the woman was inside the fenced area with her dog on a footpath, when around 20 of the animals became agitated and charged her.
Rescuers attempted to resuscitate the woman on the spot for 45 minutes, but she finally succumbed to her injuries, said the ÖAMTC Air Ambulance.
According to police, the herd probably took exception to the dog, as many cows see them as threats to their calves.
The animals are said to have previously not been known for aggressive behavior, according to a local witness.
There was a recent similar incident with a hiker, which ended without injury, police said.
I guess they didn’t want her...”running with the herd”!
And so it begins....
I hate it when that happens.
If only she had a Pit Bull Or Cane Corso.
Pamplona 2014 tour.
We will fight for bovine freedom and hold our large heads high....
OMG I hope it wasn’t a COWNADO that killed her.
Just call it “People Tipping.”
Had a cow chase a dog under a pickup once, it was a moving pickup, cow committed road rage vs. dog, dog didn’t live...
What police department do the cows work for?
Wasn’t this a Southpark episode?
In the bovine world, I suspect they would consider it sort of karma.
I’m guessing her first mistake was walking with an unleashed dog directly into the cows grazing area. When animals feel threatened, they either fight or flee.
That was cute but they need to update it to Obama and gun control
Mad Cow disease?
Early ad for Carnation Condensed Milk:
or an Australian Cattle Dog.
When I was about 8 or so, my gramma’s psycho, 3 horned milk cow, named Blue Eyes, got out of the pasture and ran my poor little Poodle, Fifi through the potato patch, with me running and crying behind them and gramma bringing up the rear, screaming.
Just as Blue Eyes lowered her head to put one of her evil horns through Fifi, the dog doubled back and shot through the fence.
I hated that demon cow.
I call bull hocky on this (no pun intended).
Cows are the most docile and dumb creatures walking. Even if a dog is around.
A good reporter would ask if a bull was in the pasture also.
Or even a Corgi!
Grew up around ‘em.
Whether intentionally done or not, they caused more injuries than any of the other livestock, even pigs.
[a pack of Rotts would be ideal]
I have read enough on this board to know that you know your stuff.
But our experiences evidently are very different. I, also, was raised around cattle...pigs...goats...chickens...guineas...horses...you name it.
In fact, until four years ago (or so) I raised cattle. The drought pretty well put an end to that. Too expensive to have any kind of profit. If we have another year like this one...I might get back into it. Although, I’m getting older and I’m not sure I want that much work. This hiatus has spoiled me.
The only problem I ever had with the cattle was them getting tangled in the fence...or worse breaking thru it. I’ve had a lot more injuries from horses. :)
Now bulls...that is a different subject.
BTW, your taglines always crack me up!!
No doubt the cattle saw her as a bipedal canine threat multiplier and acted accordingly.
BTW, when posting, please lose the distracting links (or at least code them as links). E.g., What do Germans think of Austrians? Vass not Onkel Adolf from zhere‽
This ranch has been in the family since 1888, since the first cattle operation started there has been 7 deaths due to cattle. The first was my great grandfather.
Laugh all you want, but if you work with them long enough you can “read” the cow’s body language. I’ve backed away from many a cow when she went into defense mod.
defense mod=defense mode.
It amazes me that some consider cows slow, dumb and harmless.
I’m sorry for your loss.
I thank God that your luck was different from what happens around here.
There are a lot of beef herds that pretty much stay in pastures, breeding and feeding without any human interference until it comes time for market.
The cattle tend to be “wild” and not very inclined to load up on trucks.
[could just be that the mountains have made us *all* crazy]
...I know one thing: when cows start gettin’ together, it can’t be good.
After reading this thread I think you must be right about being lucky. It’s either luck or I’ve been around cattle that are slow witted all my life. :) I’ve always been able to traipse around pastures and attracted no negative attention. Several years ago I had 6 dogs that decided it was tremendous fun to “run” the cattle ‘round and ‘round the pastures. It took some doing to break them of this game they had invented.
The only creature I was ever scared of was a rooster my folks had when I was growing up. He was crafty and mean as all get out. I rejoiced the day he went to that great coop in the sky.
I never knew that.
Worked on dairy farms from the age of 14 through 18 and only ever came across docile cows. Never had a problem with them.
Agree...it would be really odd for a whole herd to attack.
Myself...I guess I have been lucky all these years and had docile cattle. I have been around crazy dogs, cats, parrots, horses, mean billie goats, chickens...well you get my drift.
I sure don’t doubt that a cow might be rogue...but I’ve never owned one. Thank goodness!!
Cows with Guns...
But - I've got a story to tell you about COWS, and it was scary!
When my kids were little we had horses and needed another used saddle. I called a man about one and he said he had one but it was in a 'shed' out in a pasture and I could go and look at it.
So I drove out there, left my kids in the locked car [cool weather!], climbed the fence and walked way out the pasture to the shed. Took a look at the saddle and when I came out of the shed it was surrounded by cattle!!
Turns out the food was kept in the shed and they thought I was there to feed them. So - all these cattle are mooing, snorting and grunting and I didn't know what to do, lol. I needed to get back to my kids but was frankly scared.
Pondered for a bit and finally decided I had to try so I started walking through them and thankfully they didn't smush me and when I got through the last of them I started running for the fence. A few of them even turned and started to follow me.
This is what they looked like without a fence between them and me........
That would be scary!