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Old 02-07-2012, 02:46 AM
 
Location: Tennessee/Michigan
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MAYSVILLE, Ga (CBS Atlanta) – An area farmer is lucky to be alive after living through an attack by one of his 900-pound cows.

“I thought she would kill me before she’d leave me alone,” Parks said to WXIA-TV.

The animal allegedly butted its head into Parks’ body, and subsequently broke several of his ribs. The cow also cut Parks’ forehead before throwing him into a barbed wire fence.

Yahoo! Local Beta News - Farmer Suffers Attack From Rabid Half-Ton Cow
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Old 02-07-2012, 06:17 AM
 
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Surprising how agile and aggressive cows can be.
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Old 02-07-2012, 07:07 AM
 
Location: Nebraska
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Not really.

Some cows are just mean and intend to hurt any and everything that comes near them (they are culled quickly). Some are treated like pets and respond like pets. Some will attack if they think that their calf or their herd is threatened. The most mellow and docile cow we own, who cuddles up to us asking for a back scratch or licks our hands asking for alfalfa 'cookies', charged me in the pasture because we had locked her out while a local youngster was training her calf to the halter. Had my horse not stepped in, she would have mangled me with her head and hoofs in her "mama's rage". She didn't understand that no one was going to hurt her baby.

But this story wasn't about an agile and aggressive cow - it was about one infected with rabies, which can make any animal go mad. That had to have been pretty terrifying.
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Old 02-07-2012, 10:33 AM
 
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Beyond walking under my bedroom swamp cooler in the middle of the night, this is one of the reasons a skunk around my place has a short life expectancy.
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Old 02-07-2012, 01:42 PM
 
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Anyone who has worked around cattle knows how dangerous they can be, even when not infected with the rabies virus.

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When he was able to get up Parks grabbed his shotgun and shot the cow three times before it went down.

It did not die however until a vet arrived on the scene several days later to euthanize it.


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Beyond walking under my bedroom swamp cooler in the middle of the night, this is one of the reasons a skunk around my place has a short life expectancy.
Exactly. Especially if they are in/near a pasture or feedlot frequented by livestock.
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Old 02-07-2012, 05:59 PM
 
Location: Nebraska
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Yeah, MOGal, that phrase about the cow lying there alive for three days got me, too.

Couldn't do that to one of my girls, rabid, mangled me, whatever. And the fact that she lay there with the rabies coursing thru her body the whole time - a potential feast for coyotes, skunks, or rats, or infecting anyone or anything who came along... good grief!
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Old 02-07-2012, 06:37 PM
 
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Yeah, MOGal, that phrase about the cow lying there alive for three days got me, too.

Couldn't do that to one of my girls, rabid, mangled me, whatever. And the fact that she lay there with the rabies coursing thru her body the whole time - a potential feast for coyotes, skunks, or rats, or infecting anyone or anything who came along... good grief!
I was wondering about that, too. Not good. And, a vet in our area said the head needed to be removed and sent to be tested for rabies within "x" number of hours. Granted we aren't getting the whole story. Just curious. My vet could be wrong, too, I suppose.

BTW, after a lifetime with cattle (earlier post), I AM still surprised at how agile they are... and how quickly they can go from standstill to full bore. My daughter and son-in-laws bison can sure out maneuver them, though.
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Old 02-26-2012, 09:49 AM
 
Location: Democratic Peoples Republic of Redneckistan
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Not really.

Some cows are just mean and intend to hurt any and everything that comes near them (they are culled quickly). Some are treated like pets and respond like pets. Some will attack if they think that their calf or their herd is threatened. The most mellow and docile cow we own, who cuddles up to us asking for a back scratch or licks our hands asking for alfalfa 'cookies', charged me in the pasture because we had locked her out while a local youngster was training her calf to the halter. Had my horse not stepped in, she would have mangled me with her head and hoofs in her "mama's rage". She didn't understand that no one was going to hurt her baby.

But this story wasn't about an agile and aggressive cow - it was about one infected with rabies, which can make any animal go mad. That had to have been pretty terrifying.
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Anyone who has worked around cattle knows how dangerous they can be, even when not infected with the rabies virus.

From the OP's link (bold mine):

Exactly. Especially if they are in/near a pasture or feedlot frequented by livestock.
Cows without rabies will kill you if the make their mind up to do it...I've laid in cow crap under a truck before many times throughout while a young bull or momma cow destroyed the side of a pick up or locked myself in the doghouse of a bullrack while one rammed the gate with the sole intention of killing me.

ALL livestock can be super dangerous even if you know what you are doing and know the animal,but I can't imagine what a 1000lb cow with rabies could do to you if she caught you unaware.
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Old 02-26-2012, 10:32 AM
 
Location: Baker City, Oregon
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I'm disappointed, I thought this thread was going to be about Rosie O'Donnell.
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