'Hero cow' evades trip to slaughterhouse, swims to her freedom on island, injures captor in process – SFGate

A “hero cow” is living a life of freedom after an action-packed escape helped it avoid being sent to a slaughterhouse.

The animal was in the midst of being led to a truck for transport to a slaughterhouse when it made a break for it, jumping the line and ramming a metal mesh fence before running towards a nearby lake in the southern Poland town, reported news program Wiadomosci.

When its owner traced the cow to the lake’s shore and attempted to get it back, the cow refused; instead, a farm employee wound up with a broken arm and bruised ribs following a confrontation.

To further avoid capture, the cow took to the water. The breeder told Wiadomosci the cow swam to an island in the middle of the lake, and he even saw the cow dive underwater at one point.

As of Friday, the cow was in its third week of living alone on the island.

Both the owner and firefighters have attempted to get the bovine back, but have not been successful. Using a boat to reach the island, when firefighters first reached the shores of the island, the cow instead “entered the water and swam about 50 meters to the neighboring peninsula” to avoid capture.

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The owner himself tried to get the cow back for two days before giving up, but the animal attacked anyone who tried to get near it. The owner instead resigned himself to visiting the island daily to provide the animal with food.

A plan to tranquilize the cow in order to bring it back to the farm has been put on hold as a nearby veterinarian has run out of gas cartridges for the gun, and would require “several days” to get the necessary item.

The cow’s story has won it some fans, after local politician Pawel Kukiz shared the story on Facebook and called the cow a hero for its daring escape.

Kukiz wrote about how the cow “escaped heroically” and “infiltrated the island” where “she was still on the battlefield.”

“I am not a vegetarian, but fortitude and the will to fight for this cow’s life is invaluable!” Kukiz’s post continued. “Therefore, I decided to do everything to (first) cause the cow to be delivered to a safe place and in the second stage, as a reward for her attitude, give her a guarantee of a long-term retirement and natural death.”

Just hours later, Kukiz reported that someone had pledged to help the cow and provide “a peaceful pension without the prospect of a butcher knife.” It was unclear if the cow has been removed from the island as of Sunday.

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