Women attacked by cow in New Forest field

Picture by Charlie Stratton

Picture by Charlie Stratton

First published in News

EVERYONE knows the value of red capes when it comes to keeping bulls at bay.

But an elderly woman used her light-coloured cardigan to ward off a cow as she and a friend walked through a Hampshire field.

The pensioner deployed the unlikely weapon after the pair were head-butted on land off Normandy Lane in Lymington.

They were enjoying a relaxing stroll in the sunshine when the animal attacked.

Wildlife photographer Charlie Stratton and his dog Lola were walking along the nearby seawall when the drama unfolded.

Mr Stratton, a frequent visitor to the New Forest, said the women appeared not to have noticed two calves in the middle of the field.

He added: “I was too far away to shout a warning.

“Although they were some distance from the calves, the cow obviously considered them a threat and head-butted them almost into the hedge.

“However, one of the women very valiantly removed her sweater from around her waist and fended off her attacker.”

The cow decided that discretion was the better part of valour and backed away, allowing the walkers to make their escape.

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5:05pm Tue 27 May 14

nobbythesheep says...

At least the cow didnt have much beef with them and let them mooooove along, a very mooooving story.
At least the cow didnt have much beef with them and let them mooooove along, a very mooooving story. nobbythesheep
  • Score: 0

5:45pm Tue 27 May 14

BIGTONE says...

There's a mad cow!
There's a mad cow! BIGTONE
  • Score: 1

5:54pm Tue 27 May 14

twynhamob says...

More serious than you thought.
Bournemouth magistrates want to take over the case and have asked for a sentencing report on the cow. They believe a custodial period is in order as the RyanAir bottom slapper may need some close company.
More serious than you thought. Bournemouth magistrates want to take over the case and have asked for a sentencing report on the cow. They believe a custodial period is in order as the RyanAir bottom slapper may need some close company. twynhamob
  • Score: 5

7:55pm Tue 27 May 14

Huey says...

Well done that lady! Kept her cool and defeated a cow with a cardigan, love it.
Well done that lady! Kept her cool and defeated a cow with a cardigan, love it. Huey
  • Score: 18

3:26pm Wed 28 May 14

Arthur Maureen says...

Awaiting Sir Leechy Heads thoughts on thwarting an angry cow, he's an expert in most things you know
Awaiting Sir Leechy Heads thoughts on thwarting an angry cow, he's an expert in most things you know Arthur Maureen
  • Score: 2

4:07pm Wed 28 May 14

Tatsie says...

Poor lady must have been friesian after taking off her jersey! An udderly brave thing to do though.
Poor lady must have been friesian after taking off her jersey! An udderly brave thing to do though. Tatsie
  • Score: 3

11:11pm Wed 28 May 14

john wimborne says...

I wonder if they were actually on a footpath
I wonder if they were actually on a footpath john wimborne
  • Score: 1

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