Yvonne the cow has Germany in thrall

  • Helen Pidd, Agencies, Rome
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  • Updated: Aug 26, 2011 00:38 IST

Three months after Yvonne went on the run, the hunt for Germany’s most famous fugitive is heating up after a search party discovered a sign of her wanderings — a field littered with cowpats.

Yvonne, a six-year-old dairy cow, escaped from a Bavarian farm in May days before she was due to be slaughtered.

When the local authorities in Mühldorf gave hunters permission to shoot her on sight, animal rights activists waded in.

Gut Aiderbichl, an animal sanctuary in Austria, paid Yvonne’s owner €600 (£530), vowing to bring the cow to safety before she was knocked down by a Bavarian bullet.

Her whereabouts have now become a national obsession in Germany, with one tabloid offering a reward of €10,000 for her safe return.

Her story has spread across the world.

On Wednesday, Gut Aiderbichl said it had had media inquiries from Abu Dhabi and South Africa, where a psychic claimed to have communicated with her.

Indians had been stressing Yvonne’s holiness.

Despite the publicity, Yvonne remains at large.

An animal whisperer from Switzerland failed to coax her back from the Bavarian forest using telepathy; Ernst, the bull with a “deep baritone moo” and manly musk, also proved strangely resistible.

The Guardian


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