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The swimming cow

A cow which staged an escape while being taken to a slaughterhouse has been living alone on an island. When the slaughterhouse workers arrived to take away the cow, they were told it would be best to tranquilise the feisty bovine. But they ignored the advice and as it came out of its shed to be loaded onto to the lorry, it managed to escape. The cow rammed a metal fence before making a dash for the nearby Lake Nysa, southern Poland.

A farmworker ended up with a broken arm and bruised ribs during the escape, in which the cow was seen to dive underwater as it made its way to the island. After a week of trying and failing to get the cow back, the farmer, known only as Mr Lukasz, gave up and began making sure it was fed enough food to stay alive. When firefighters used a boat to get to the island, the cow swam about 50 metres to a neighbouring peninsula. Pawel Gotowski, deputy commander of the fire brigade in Nysa, said the animal was very frightened and it was impossible to get closer than 70 meters to the animal. A vet called in to tranquillise the cow told Mr Lukasz he had run out of gas cartridges, and that it would take several days to get new ones. The farmer is reluctant to shoot the animal, as that would mean losing the income from its sale.

The animal's cause has now been taken up by local politician and former singer Pawel Kukiz, who has offered to save the 'hero cow' from death. He said: “If all citizens could show such determination as this cow, Poland would be a much more prosperous country. I am not a vegetarian, but fortitude and the will to fight for this cow's life is invaluable. Therefore, I decided to do everything to cause the cow to be delivered to a safe place, and then, as a reward for her attitude, give her a guarantee of long-term retirement and a natural death.”

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