Monday, 1 June 2020

Cow news

Emailed in by James Higham, from the BBC:

A man has died after being attacked by a herd of cows while walking in the Yorkshire Dales, police have said.

The man, 82, from Foulridge, Pendle, was out walking with his wife at Ivescar, Ingleton on Saturday at around 13:45 BST.

North Yorkshire Police said emergency services were called but the man died at the scene. His wife, aged 78, was badly bruised and taken by air ambulance to Lancaster Royal Infirmary.

Via @AmbushPredator, SkyNews covered the story, concluding with this:

The Health and Safety Executive says, based on the number of accidents every year, cows are the most dangerous animals in the UK with mainly farm workers and walkers falling victim.

Mainly "walkers with dogs during calving season", if you really want to know.


Andrew Carey said...

I read the article looking for the sentence with a dog. If he genuinely had no dog, then this is indeed a rare tragedy.

Rich Tee said...

I was out in the Dales last year and I generally tried to avoid them, but at one point there was one stood right across the path, and later there were several crowded around a gate that I had pass through.

They are scary to me though and I will go a long way out of my way to avoid them.

Mark Wadsworth said...

AC, no, they didn't mention dog. So I assume no dog was involved. But as a general rule, this hugely increases the risk of being attacked.

RT, me too. 99% of the time they are perfectly amiable. It's the 1% that's worrying.

Robin Smith said...

Dogs on lead during calving season AND mating season

johnd2008 said...

I regularly walked my dog through fields with cows and calves. The golden rule is always carry a good stick and if necessary, when the cows become too inquisitive, a sharp smack on the point of the cows nose will do the trick. It also helps if your dog is prepared to have a go at the cows as well, not all will do so.