Wednesday, 12 December 2018 08:57

Proper cows!

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Maternal aggression may be behind many attacks on humans by cows, say two overseas animal experts.

University of Liverpool researchers Carri Westgarth and Marie McIntyre studied the behaviour of cows following several incidents: in one a retired academic was trampled to death by cattle in Oxford.

They searched newspaper reports over two decades and discovered 54 separate attacks — 24% of them fatal — by cattle on people out walking. Injuries included fractures from kicking, lacerations, punctured lungs, bruising, black eyes, joint dislocation, nerve damage and unconsciousness.

 

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