Friday, 31 December 2010

Central European Cow Attack Round-up - December 2010

Bavaria, 6 December 2010: "Das neun Monate alte Rind war am Samstag ausgebrochen und auf die Dorfbewohner losgegangen. Obwohl ein Tierarzt die Kuh nach zweistündiger Jagd mit einem Schuss aus dem Betäubungsgewehr traf, lief sie davon.

Am Sonntag tauchte das Rindvieh im Ort wieder auf. Es folgte eine vierstündige Hatz, kreuz und quer durch die Höfe und Gärten von Oberrieden. Als ein Schuss mit Betäubungsmittel seine Wirkung erneut verfehlte, wurde im Anschluss an die Sonntagspredigt die Kirchengemeinde um Hilfe gebeten. Diese entdeckte die Kuh am südöstlichen Ortsrand. Auch der nunmehr dritte Versuch des Tierarztes, die Kuh zu betäuben, misslang. Deshalb musste die Polizei das Tier erschießen."

Nine-month old calf went on two day rampage, was shot twice with tranquilizer darts (which failed to stop it) and was finally shot dead by the police.
Bavaria, 10 December 2010: Beim Ausladen von vier Stück Schlachtvieh auf dem Schlachthof kam es am Mittwoch gegen 9 Uhr zu einem Unfall mit einem Schwerverletzten... Unter den Tieren befand sich auch ein ca. 750 Kilo schwerer Stier. Dieser attackierte unmittelbar nach Öffnen der Laderampe den Fahrer und drückte ihn gegen die Wand. Dabei erlitt der 21-Jährige massive innere Verletzungen.

Der Stier konnte unter Kontrolle gebracht werden. Der eintreffende Notarzt übernahm die Erstversorgung des Mannes, anschließend wurde der Verletzte vom BRK in das KH Cham eingeliefert.

Four head of cattle were being unloaded at the slaughterhouse. As soon as the ramp was opened, a 750 kg bull attacked the driver and squashed him against the wall, causing severe internal injuries.
Austria, 13 December 2010: Ein 56-jähriger Landwirt ist am Montagnachmittag in Meiselding (Bezirk St. Veit) von einem 1.000 Kilo schweren Stier attackiert worden. Das Tier fügte dem Bauern schwere Verletzungen am linken Oberarm zu. Der Landwirt wollte den Stier im Stall seines Anwesens in Meiselding anbinden, als es plötzlich zur Attacke kam. Die Rettung brachte den Bauern ins Friesacher Krankenhaus.

Farmer wanted to tie up 1 tonne bull, which attacked him and badly injured his left arm.
Austria, 23 December 2010: Ein Landwirt in Gestratz ist am Vormittag von einer Kuh schwer verletzt worden. Der 46-Jährige hatte einer seiner Kühe die Klauen geputzt, als er vom Tritt einer danebenstehenden Kuh am Kopf getroffen wurde. Er wurde mit schweren Verletzungen in eine Unfallklinik geflogen.

Farmer was cleaning a cows's hooves when another cow kicked him in the head. He was flown to hospital.
It appears to have been a quiet month, that's all I can find after Googling around for an hour.


Witterings from Witney said...

MW, you must 'steer' more of these items our way as they are hilarious.

It is hoped you will continue to allow 'opun' comments on your blog.

Happy New Year to you and the clan Wadsworth!

James Higham said...

Phew - I was wondering if you were going to bring us up to speed on that before the end of the year. cheers.

Mark Wadsworth said...

WFW, thanks, likewise to you and yours.

JH, I've got to keep doing monthly updates for a year and then we can plot a graph of deaths/injuries against calendar months and so on.

dearieme said...

If you've got the stats, you should see whether they fit the Poisson distibution.

(I refer to the case of the Prussian army and horse-kicks, m'Lud.

Mark Wadsworth said...

D, I need stat's for at least a full year, because about half of all cow attacks are on ramblers with dogs, who are mainly out in the summer months.

formertory said...

The lack of action perhaps indicates a sort of end-of-year lay-off which may in turn suggest that cows are aware of, and celebrating, Christmas. Or the equinox. Or New Year.

It'll be worrying if they're shown to be able to grasp relatively abstract concepts involving virginity and sky pixies.

Mark Wadsworth said...

FT, cows can do magnetism and are almost certainly aware of the winter solstice.

At Xmas time most humans are indoors, so there are fewer attacks, and if cows are any more self-aware than that, they are probably heaving a sigh of relief that they aren't turkeys (who all mysteriously disappear at this time of year).

dearieme said...

Spooky, spooky, spooky. If you look at this account of Poisson's distribution, you'll see that the second picture is of a herd of cows.

Mark Wadsworth said...

D, that is awesome, well spotted.

Chuckles said...

One man's meat is another man's Poisson?

I'll get my coat... Happy New Year to all.

Mark Wadsworth said...

Ch, I know you are not fishing for compliments, but that was rather amusing. Well done for being (probably) the last commenter of the year.

Chuckles said...

M, Thank you, at my age one takes them where one can. Telling that we pass the time in discussion on the quality of insider statistical jokes. Bit like Tom Lehrer's musings on his weekly get together with the Harvard Scrabble Pro.

Hopefully, this is the first comment of 2011. Trifecta now in play. How do we stand the excitement?

Mark Wadsworth said...

Ch, indeed you are last and first. It's tough at the top. That picture is grade-A cow pornography BTW.