"The penalty good men pay for indifference to public affairs is to be ruled by evil men." attributed to Plato

"Bad men need nothing more to compass their ends, than that good men should look on and do nothing." attributed to Edmund Burke

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Tuesday, 6 September 2011

What a story to divert us from more serious summer topics – Libya, the Eurozone crisis, looting in English cities, that kind of thing!

Yvonne, the runaway Bavarian Holstein 6 year old cow, was not ready to die. For those who havn’t herd, (sic) (surely you have) she broke loose from a farmyard shortly before she was scheduled for a trip to the abattoir – charged an electric fence, and went AWOL – into the surrounding dense forests - and the hunt went on for three months – she even had a reward on her head - until she was discovered by a farmer in his field and brought into custody with the help of a few tranquiliser darts.
Surely she sensed her fate in some way? Extra sensory perception? Morphic Resonance? Who knows.
Now she will live out the rest of her days – with her calf Fries and her sister Waltraud, – in the Austrian Gut Aiderbichl animal sanctuary – where no doubt she will be a huge tourist attraction! They will hope so. They paid £617 for her – about 700 Euros – and presumably similar amounts for her sister and her son.

My father would have loved this story. He loved his cows – and certainly knew them as intensely intelligent animals. Perhaps here Yvonne was showing something beyond intelligence? And her son and sister have much to thank her for - and plenty of time on their hooves to ruminate on it!

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