After making a stunning escape from a slaughterhouse, a cow in Poland has fled to a deserted island, attacking anyone who comes near it.
The cow in question made its escape after refusing to get into the back of a transport lorry taking it to the slaughterhouse. The animal put up a fight with farmers and rammed a nearby metal fence before darting off towards Lake Nysa, south Poland.
The cow’s owner Mr Lukasz did initially attempt to get the beast back to the farm, however the cow had other ideas and broke one of his worker’s arms – according to Polish news channel Wiadomosci.
It then jumped into the lake and swam directly towards on of the islands in the middle of the lake. Lukasz claims that the cow even dived down under the water on its way to safety.
Lukasz tried for over a week to coax the cow back to the mainland to no avail. He shortly gave up and instead, began ensuring that the animal had enough food to stay alive on the island.
Pawel Gotowski, deputy commander of the fire service in the area said that When firefighters tried to reach the island, the cow swam 50m to a neighboring island.
A vet was contracted in to tranquilize the animal but after many failed attempts he ran out of gas cartridges. He informed Mr Lukasz that it could take upto one week to get new ones.
Although the farmer was looking for ways to bring back the cow to be killed, a local town politician, Czeslaw Bilobran, has reportedly said he will try and protect the cow’s right to live and hopes it will live out its life in peace.
The animal’s plight has also been raised in a Facebook post by singer turned politician, Pawel Kukiz. In the post he stated he will pay for the “hero cow” to be saved from almost certain death.
According to Polish news magazine Wprost, Mr Kukiz said:
“She escaped heroically and infiltrated the island in the middle of the lake, where it remains today. She did not succumb to firefighters who wanted to transport her by boat and she was still on the battlefield.”
“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 in the second stage, as a reward for her attitude, give her a guarantee of a long-term retirement and natural death.”