+tonibunny Posted June 15, 2010 Share Posted June 15, 2010 (edited) Hi everyone, I know this subject comes up every single year without fail, but I thought I'd bring it up again in order to warn any newbies. Basically, BE CAREFUL if you're going into fields of cows - especially at this time of year, when they have calves with them! Even if they look calm, they can get very frisky and protective of their babies, and that can be dangerous. And be especially careful if you have a dog with you. If cows start chasing you and your dog, let the dog go - it can run faster than you can, and will get itself to safety. There have been several injuries and a couple of deaths reported in the past few years of people who got trampled by cows; if you're at all unsure about entering a field, find a way round or leave it for another day. We had a near miss a couple of days ago. We followed a public footpath down to a cache, and there were cows sitting peacefully over the other side of the field we had to walk through, so we weren't worried. On the way back we found that the herd had got up and moved to block our path back out of the field, and they had calves with them so were eyeing us suspiciously. We tried to walk up the side of the next field but there wasn't a way through, and then we saw the cows stampede into the field below, so we walked as quickly as we could back up the original field. Suddenly they wheeled around and started charging in our direction, so we had to peg it! We got out in time and they peeled off in another direction. Man it was scary. NB we didn't have a dog with us. Looking back it's all good fun, but please do be careful! I grew up in the countryside and used to walk through fields of cows all the time with no problems, so this led me to believe I knew when I was safe as an adult. Obviously I was a lot smaller as a child though, so was probably never perceived as a threat - whereas now, I won't take the risk. TB Edited June 15, 2010 by tonibunny Quote Link to comment
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