Elderly woman headbutted in stomach by cow in Lymington

81-year-old woman taken to hospital after being attacked by pregnant cow

81-year-old woman taken to hospital after being attacked by pregnant cow

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AN 81-year-old woman has been attacked by a large pregnant cow.

The elderly woman, who did not wish to be named, needed hospital treatment after being headbutted in the stomach as she walked in the New Forest.

It happened as she was strolling with her schnauzer dog on land off Normandy Lane in Lymington – the same area where two women were chased and butted last week.

The attacks have now prompted Hampshire County Council to put up signs warning that cows with calves are grazing in the area and urging people to pass with care.

They have also helped the owner of the animals to move them to a restricted area.

On the first occasion the dramatic moment was captured on camera by wildlife photographer Charlie Stratton and only came to an end when one of the quick-thinking women used her cardigan to keep the animal at bay.

The victim of the latest incident likened it to being in the ring with Muhammad Ali and said it left her in hospital for seven hours.

She said: “There was nobody there and I just laid there. I was very worried that the cow would stamp on me or do something.

“I have walked through that field 100 times and I have never had a problem before.”

The woman was eventually helped to her feet by a runner passing by.

Sue Westwood, clerk to the Verderers, the organisation that looks after the New Forest’s ponies, cattle and donkeys, said: “Any cow that has a calf is going to be protective of it, members of the public should be aware and keep their distance.”

The cow attacks come days after the Daily Echo reported a string of attacks on people by donkeys at Hatchet Pond near Beaulieu.

Nurse Jenny Caine and her daughter Isabelle were visiting the beauty spot when the animals surrounded them, cutting off their escape route.

Miss Caine, 38, of New Milton, was bitten on the back and knocked to the ground, causing her to drop her child.

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2:32pm Sat 7 Jun 14

LordLilliput says...

Oh Echo, just stop it. You're looking silly now.
Oh Echo, just stop it. You're looking silly now. LordLilliput
  • Score: 12

2:42pm Sat 7 Jun 14

Controversial But True says...

What a load of bull...!!!
What a load of bull...!!! Controversial But True
  • Score: 2

2:49pm Sat 7 Jun 14

saynomore says...

These animals are protecting their young so use what little brain you have and keep clear,don't blame the animal,whether it is a cow horse or donkey.
These animals are protecting their young so use what little brain you have and keep clear,don't blame the animal,whether it is a cow horse or donkey. saynomore
  • Score: 58

2:56pm Sat 7 Jun 14

Lucky Rich says...

Oh good another sign needed to spoil the natural look of the country side . Dont go near forest or farm animals with your dog might be a good general one to put up .
Oh good another sign needed to spoil the natural look of the country side . Dont go near forest or farm animals with your dog might be a good general one to put up . Lucky Rich
  • Score: 47

3:54pm Sat 7 Jun 14

pete woodley says...

Dog owners again,no thought.
Dog owners again,no thought. pete woodley
  • Score: 14

3:56pm Sat 7 Jun 14

BIGTONE says...

I'd never let my granny out without a lead.
I'd never let my granny out without a lead. BIGTONE
  • Score: 15

4:43pm Sat 7 Jun 14

kalebmoledirt says...

If you believe this rag they will filming some awful reality show ".get me out of this killer forest I write for the Echo"
If you believe this rag they will filming some awful reality show ".get me out of this killer forest I write for the Echo" kalebmoledirt
  • Score: -7

4:54pm Sat 7 Jun 14

Diesel Dog says...

Townie cow panic. Hits again
Have you seen the notices about what to do at Wareham forrest trail because cattle are grazing.

When I was a about 10 my mate lived on a farm. We would walk into a field full of bullocks or heifers and start running to see if they could catch us up by the time we reached the gate. They always did, overtook us and no one was ever hurt.

Presumably walkers in the countryside will be wearing head cameras soon, like the cyclists looking for compensation or you tube footage next.
Townie cow panic. Hits again Have you seen the notices about what to do at Wareham forrest trail because cattle are grazing. When I was a about 10 my mate lived on a farm. We would walk into a field full of bullocks or heifers and start running to see if they could catch us up by the time we reached the gate. They always did, overtook us and no one was ever hurt. Presumably walkers in the countryside will be wearing head cameras soon, like the cyclists looking for compensation or you tube footage next. Diesel Dog
  • Score: 10

5:36pm Sat 7 Jun 14

nickynoodah says...

The old granny should have gone the udder way you know it is
The old granny should have gone the udder way you know it is nickynoodah
  • Score: -5

5:57pm Sat 7 Jun 14

Gingertree says...

Why the f... do people feel the need to wander aimlessly around a field full of what are essentially wild animals You would never jump out of your car and have an mooch around the lion enclosure at a safari park
Why the f... do people feel the need to wander aimlessly around a field full of what are essentially wild animals You would never jump out of your car and have an mooch around the lion enclosure at a safari park Gingertree
  • Score: 26

6:31pm Sat 7 Jun 14

Sir Beachy Head says...

Beware of the Bull.


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Beware of the Bull. http://www.accidents .co.za/wp-content/up loads/2010/06/bull4. jpg Sir Beachy Head
  • Score: -8

7:50pm Sat 7 Jun 14

echor23 says...

Oh what a surprise! Yet another attack of the killer donkeys and cows this time! My sympathy has run dry with these people! Walking amongst the wild animals everyday they DO NOT attack unless they feel threatened or people are to close by! So let me guess does she want them fenced up as well or put down?!!!
Maybe the animals have woken up to people and good on them for attacking!!! I'm repulsed this has even been publicised!
Oh what a surprise! Yet another attack of the killer donkeys and cows this time! My sympathy has run dry with these people! Walking amongst the wild animals everyday they DO NOT attack unless they feel threatened or people are to close by! So let me guess does she want them fenced up as well or put down?!!! Maybe the animals have woken up to people and good on them for attacking!!! I'm repulsed this has even been publicised! echor23
  • Score: 6

8:03pm Sat 7 Jun 14

billy bumble says...

Did she try to hit it with a banjo?
Did she try to hit it with a banjo? billy bumble
  • Score: -4

8:14pm Sat 7 Jun 14

scrumpyjack says...

Gingertree wrote:
Why the f... do people feel the need to wander aimlessly around a field full of what are essentially wild animals You would never jump out of your car and have an mooch around the lion enclosure at a safari park
WTF (am amazed by the up votes). 'Wild animals'???? They''re cows.

Comparing them to being in a lion enclosure, well words fail me.
[quote][p][bold]Gingertree[/bold] wrote: Why the f... do people feel the need to wander aimlessly around a field full of what are essentially wild animals You would never jump out of your car and have an mooch around the lion enclosure at a safari park[/p][/quote]WTF (am amazed by the up votes). 'Wild animals'???? They''re cows. Comparing them to being in a lion enclosure, well words fail me. scrumpyjack
  • Score: -7

8:21pm Sat 7 Jun 14

retry69 says...

I tried to resist commenting but Scrumpyjack !!! Words fail you ? That's a first :)
I tried to resist commenting but Scrumpyjack !!! Words fail you ? That's a first :) retry69
  • Score: -3

8:22pm Sat 7 Jun 14

scrumpyjack says...

echor23 wrote:
Oh what a surprise! Yet another attack of the killer donkeys and cows this time! My sympathy has run dry with these people! Walking amongst the wild animals everyday they DO NOT attack unless they feel threatened or people are to close by! So let me guess does she want them fenced up as well or put down?!!!
Maybe the animals have woken up to people and good on them for attacking!!! I'm repulsed this has even been publicised!
Yes yes all well and good but perhaps you might explain why dairy farmers have been 'taken out' by a herd?

Cows are nosey, gentle and this happens once in a blue moon ( I would expect somewhere in the region of lightening strikes), That is the reality not all this bluddy drama and theatrics of the posts on here.

(and yes I grew up in the country and fished so have walked through these 'wild' (they are dairy or meat farm animals so how the hell they can be described as wild is beyond me) so have walked through literally hundreds of fields full of cows and not once have they even come close - apart from a nose)
[quote][p][bold]echor23[/bold] wrote: Oh what a surprise! Yet another attack of the killer donkeys and cows this time! My sympathy has run dry with these people! Walking amongst the wild animals everyday they DO NOT attack unless they feel threatened or people are to close by! So let me guess does she want them fenced up as well or put down?!!! Maybe the animals have woken up to people and good on them for attacking!!! I'm repulsed this has even been publicised![/p][/quote]Yes yes all well and good but perhaps you might explain why dairy farmers have been 'taken out' by a herd? Cows are nosey, gentle and this happens once in a blue moon ( I would expect somewhere in the region of lightening strikes), That is the reality not all this bluddy drama and theatrics of the posts on here. (and yes I grew up in the country and fished so have walked through these 'wild' (they are dairy or meat farm animals so how the hell they can be described as wild is beyond me) so have walked through literally hundreds of fields full of cows and not once have they even come close - apart from a nose) scrumpyjack
  • Score: 4

8:29pm Sat 7 Jun 14

cromwell9 says...

Some people have NO common sense,
Some people have NO common sense, cromwell9
  • Score: 7

8:35pm Sat 7 Jun 14

echor23 says...

scrumpyjack wrote:
Gingertree wrote:
Why the f... do people feel the need to wander aimlessly around a field full of what are essentially wild animals You would never jump out of your car and have an mooch around the lion enclosure at a safari park
WTF (am amazed by the up votes). 'Wild animals'???? They''re cows.

Comparing them to being in a lion enclosure, well words fail me.
Actually they are wild! All animals that live within the forest are wild! They are not reared on farms and therefore are not tame in any way! No they are not on par with lions but they are wild! That's a new forest fact!
[quote][p][bold]scrumpyjack[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Gingertree[/bold] wrote: Why the f... do people feel the need to wander aimlessly around a field full of what are essentially wild animals You would never jump out of your car and have an mooch around the lion enclosure at a safari park[/p][/quote]WTF (am amazed by the up votes). 'Wild animals'???? They''re cows. Comparing them to being in a lion enclosure, well words fail me.[/p][/quote]Actually they are wild! All animals that live within the forest are wild! They are not reared on farms and therefore are not tame in any way! No they are not on par with lions but they are wild! That's a new forest fact! echor23
  • Score: 3

8:38pm Sat 7 Jun 14

scrumpyjack says...

retry69 wrote:
I tried to resist commenting but Scrumpyjack !!! Words fail you ? That's a first :)
Please see above (it took a few minutes but I managed to find a few,.....)
[quote][p][bold]retry69[/bold] wrote: I tried to resist commenting but Scrumpyjack !!! Words fail you ? That's a first :)[/p][/quote]Please see above (it took a few minutes but I managed to find a few,.....) scrumpyjack
  • Score: 2

8:40pm Sat 7 Jun 14

echor23 says...

scrumpyjack wrote:
echor23 wrote:
Oh what a surprise! Yet another attack of the killer donkeys and cows this time! My sympathy has run dry with these people! Walking amongst the wild animals everyday they DO NOT attack unless they feel threatened or people are to close by! So let me guess does she want them fenced up as well or put down?!!!
Maybe the animals have woken up to people and good on them for attacking!!! I'm repulsed this has even been publicised!
Yes yes all well and good but perhaps you might explain why dairy farmers have been 'taken out' by a herd?

Cows are nosey, gentle and this happens once in a blue moon ( I would expect somewhere in the region of lightening strikes), That is the reality not all this bluddy drama and theatrics of the posts on here.

(and yes I grew up in the country and fished so have walked through these 'wild' (they are dairy or meat farm animals so how the hell they can be described as wild is beyond me) so have walked through literally hundreds of fields full of cows and not once have they even come close - apart from a nose)
New forest animals are wild and not brought up on farms! And yes I'm sure there have been very rare attacks on farmers with their own herds albeit cows are very gentle animals! My point of my post was in fact stating that I'm sick of the media making a big deal of this when as far as I'm concerned it is the people that need to be blamed not the animals and once again these animals are wild as they are kept on the land of the forest not in contained farms!!! I do live here!!!
[quote][p][bold]scrumpyjack[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]echor23[/bold] wrote: Oh what a surprise! Yet another attack of the killer donkeys and cows this time! My sympathy has run dry with these people! Walking amongst the wild animals everyday they DO NOT attack unless they feel threatened or people are to close by! So let me guess does she want them fenced up as well or put down?!!! Maybe the animals have woken up to people and good on them for attacking!!! I'm repulsed this has even been publicised![/p][/quote]Yes yes all well and good but perhaps you might explain why dairy farmers have been 'taken out' by a herd? Cows are nosey, gentle and this happens once in a blue moon ( I would expect somewhere in the region of lightening strikes), That is the reality not all this bluddy drama and theatrics of the posts on here. (and yes I grew up in the country and fished so have walked through these 'wild' (they are dairy or meat farm animals so how the hell they can be described as wild is beyond me) so have walked through literally hundreds of fields full of cows and not once have they even come close - apart from a nose)[/p][/quote]New forest animals are wild and not brought up on farms! And yes I'm sure there have been very rare attacks on farmers with their own herds albeit cows are very gentle animals! My point of my post was in fact stating that I'm sick of the media making a big deal of this when as far as I'm concerned it is the people that need to be blamed not the animals and once again these animals are wild as they are kept on the land of the forest not in contained farms!!! I do live here!!! echor23
  • Score: 2

8:44pm Sat 7 Jun 14

echor23 says...

scrumpyjack wrote:
echor23 wrote:
Oh what a surprise! Yet another attack of the killer donkeys and cows this time! My sympathy has run dry with these people! Walking amongst the wild animals everyday they DO NOT attack unless they feel threatened or people are to close by! So let me guess does she want them fenced up as well or put down?!!!
Maybe the animals have woken up to people and good on them for attacking!!! I'm repulsed this has even been publicised!
Yes yes all well and good but perhaps you might explain why dairy farmers have been 'taken out' by a herd?

Cows are nosey, gentle and this happens once in a blue moon ( I would expect somewhere in the region of lightening strikes), That is the reality not all this bluddy drama and theatrics of the posts on here.

(and yes I grew up in the country and fished so have walked through these 'wild' (they are dairy or meat farm animals so how the hell they can be described as wild is beyond me) so have walked through literally hundreds of fields full of cows and not once have they even come close - apart from a nose)
These cows are not meat or dairy cows!!! They are not dangerous but will react if morons decide to go to close to them especially when they are pregnant!!!
[quote][p][bold]scrumpyjack[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]echor23[/bold] wrote: Oh what a surprise! Yet another attack of the killer donkeys and cows this time! My sympathy has run dry with these people! Walking amongst the wild animals everyday they DO NOT attack unless they feel threatened or people are to close by! So let me guess does she want them fenced up as well or put down?!!! Maybe the animals have woken up to people and good on them for attacking!!! I'm repulsed this has even been publicised![/p][/quote]Yes yes all well and good but perhaps you might explain why dairy farmers have been 'taken out' by a herd? Cows are nosey, gentle and this happens once in a blue moon ( I would expect somewhere in the region of lightening strikes), That is the reality not all this bluddy drama and theatrics of the posts on here. (and yes I grew up in the country and fished so have walked through these 'wild' (they are dairy or meat farm animals so how the hell they can be described as wild is beyond me) so have walked through literally hundreds of fields full of cows and not once have they even come close - apart from a nose)[/p][/quote]These cows are not meat or dairy cows!!! They are not dangerous but will react if morons decide to go to close to them especially when they are pregnant!!! echor23
  • Score: 10

8:53pm Sat 7 Jun 14

echor23 says...

echor23 wrote:
scrumpyjack wrote:
echor23 wrote:
Oh what a surprise! Yet another attack of the killer donkeys and cows this time! My sympathy has run dry with these people! Walking amongst the wild animals everyday they DO NOT attack unless they feel threatened or people are to close by! So let me guess does she want them fenced up as well or put down?!!!
Maybe the animals have woken up to people and good on them for attacking!!! I'm repulsed this has even been publicised!
Yes yes all well and good but perhaps you might explain why dairy farmers have been 'taken out' by a herd?

Cows are nosey, gentle and this happens once in a blue moon ( I would expect somewhere in the region of lightening strikes), That is the reality not all this bluddy drama and theatrics of the posts on here.

(and yes I grew up in the country and fished so have walked through these 'wild' (they are dairy or meat farm animals so how the hell they can be described as wild is beyond me) so have walked through literally hundreds of fields full of cows and not once have they even come close - apart from a nose)
These cows are not meat or dairy cows!!! They are not dangerous but will react if morons decide to go to close to them especially when they are pregnant!!!
Oh and also the new forest is not made up of fields! Never has been since William he conquered made it and never will be! The history of it is online and the animals have always been known as wild because simply they are not tamed by humans, don't live with humans and will react with their natural form when they feel the need to. I think people actually have quite a shock coming to the forest to see the Anika's roaming as they do but tend to them as if they are on a farm! I'm guessing you would be one those people, but the amount of times the verderers, including myself, have been called to idiots trying to feed these animals and getting bitten is beyond me!
[quote][p][bold]echor23[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]scrumpyjack[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]echor23[/bold] wrote: Oh what a surprise! Yet another attack of the killer donkeys and cows this time! My sympathy has run dry with these people! Walking amongst the wild animals everyday they DO NOT attack unless they feel threatened or people are to close by! So let me guess does she want them fenced up as well or put down?!!! Maybe the animals have woken up to people and good on them for attacking!!! I'm repulsed this has even been publicised![/p][/quote]Yes yes all well and good but perhaps you might explain why dairy farmers have been 'taken out' by a herd? Cows are nosey, gentle and this happens once in a blue moon ( I would expect somewhere in the region of lightening strikes), That is the reality not all this bluddy drama and theatrics of the posts on here. (and yes I grew up in the country and fished so have walked through these 'wild' (they are dairy or meat farm animals so how the hell they can be described as wild is beyond me) so have walked through literally hundreds of fields full of cows and not once have they even come close - apart from a nose)[/p][/quote]These cows are not meat or dairy cows!!! They are not dangerous but will react if morons decide to go to close to them especially when they are pregnant!!![/p][/quote]Oh and also the new forest is not made up of fields! Never has been since William he conquered made it and never will be! The history of it is online and the animals have always been known as wild because simply they are not tamed by humans, don't live with humans and will react with their natural form when they feel the need to. I think people actually have quite a shock coming to the forest to see the Anika's roaming as they do but tend to them as if they are on a farm! I'm guessing you would be one those people, but the amount of times the verderers, including myself, have been called to idiots trying to feed these animals and getting bitten is beyond me! echor23
  • Score: 6

8:58pm Sat 7 Jun 14

retry69 says...

scrumpyjack wrote:
retry69 wrote:
I tried to resist commenting but Scrumpyjack !!! Words fail you ? That's a first :)
Please see above (it took a few minutes but I managed to find a few,.....)
Yes I'm sorry I must apologise I have no will power and when I saw your comment it just blurted out
[quote][p][bold]scrumpyjack[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]retry69[/bold] wrote: I tried to resist commenting but Scrumpyjack !!! Words fail you ? That's a first :)[/p][/quote]Please see above (it took a few minutes but I managed to find a few,.....)[/p][/quote]Yes I'm sorry I must apologise I have no will power and when I saw your comment it just blurted out retry69
  • Score: -3

11:24pm Sat 7 Jun 14

scrumpyjack says...

retry69 wrote:
scrumpyjack wrote:
retry69 wrote:
I tried to resist commenting but Scrumpyjack !!! Words fail you ? That's a first :)
Please see above (it took a few minutes but I managed to find a few,.....)
Yes I'm sorry I must apologise I have no will power and when I saw your comment it just blurted out
Ah shurrurp! Like I mind.

I have to bow to echor23's knowledge though- these cows are obviously different to the farm cows I knew.
[quote][p][bold]retry69[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]scrumpyjack[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]retry69[/bold] wrote: I tried to resist commenting but Scrumpyjack !!! Words fail you ? That's a first :)[/p][/quote]Please see above (it took a few minutes but I managed to find a few,.....)[/p][/quote]Yes I'm sorry I must apologise I have no will power and when I saw your comment it just blurted out[/p][/quote]Ah shurrurp! Like I mind. I have to bow to echor23's knowledge though- these cows are obviously different to the farm cows I knew. scrumpyjack
  • Score: 1

3:08am Sun 8 Jun 14

MMM444 says...

What a load of old bullsocks, that's what happens if your caught pinching cow dung
What a load of old bullsocks, that's what happens if your caught pinching cow dung MMM444
  • Score: 1

6:32am Sun 8 Jun 14

retry69 says...

scrumpyjack wrote:
retry69 wrote:
scrumpyjack wrote:
retry69 wrote:
I tried to resist commenting but Scrumpyjack !!! Words fail you ? That's a first :)
Please see above (it took a few minutes but I managed to find a few,.....)
Yes I'm sorry I must apologise I have no will power and when I saw your comment it just blurted out
Ah shurrurp! Like I mind.

I have to bow to echor23's knowledge though- these cows are obviously different to the farm cows I knew.
Obviously not Daisy and Buttercup then :)
[quote][p][bold]scrumpyjack[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]retry69[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]scrumpyjack[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]retry69[/bold] wrote: I tried to resist commenting but Scrumpyjack !!! Words fail you ? That's a first :)[/p][/quote]Please see above (it took a few minutes but I managed to find a few,.....)[/p][/quote]Yes I'm sorry I must apologise I have no will power and when I saw your comment it just blurted out[/p][/quote]Ah shurrurp! Like I mind. I have to bow to echor23's knowledge though- these cows are obviously different to the farm cows I knew.[/p][/quote]Obviously not Daisy and Buttercup then :) retry69
  • Score: 3

8:57am Sun 8 Jun 14

joetheman says...

bet she wont go to boscombe again
bet she wont go to boscombe again joetheman
  • Score: 3

9:30am Sun 8 Jun 14

goatty says...

What on earth is this rubbish about some silly woman being bitten and dropping her child!!!! What will the Echo dream up next....maybe a baby being eaten by killer donkeys or a child being taken by wild horses to be brought up in the wild by them??
Get a grip Echo reporters. This is the New Forest where wild animals live, and yes wild animals do bite if scared or feel threatened. No doubt the silly woman who dropped her child was because her child was annoying the donkeys or screaming as all children seem to do nowadays expressing themselves!
What on earth is this rubbish about some silly woman being bitten and dropping her child!!!! What will the Echo dream up next....maybe a baby being eaten by killer donkeys or a child being taken by wild horses to be brought up in the wild by them?? Get a grip Echo reporters. This is the New Forest where wild animals live, and yes wild animals do bite if scared or feel threatened. No doubt the silly woman who dropped her child was because her child was annoying the donkeys or screaming as all children seem to do nowadays expressing themselves! goatty
  • Score: 5

10:00am Mon 9 Jun 14

speedy231278 says...

retry69 wrote:
I tried to resist commenting but Scrumpyjack !!! Words fail you ? That's a first :)
No, just sensible words instead of drivel.
[quote][p][bold]retry69[/bold] wrote: I tried to resist commenting but Scrumpyjack !!! Words fail you ? That's a first :)[/p][/quote]No, just sensible words instead of drivel. speedy231278
  • Score: -1

10:05am Mon 9 Jun 14

speedy231278 says...

With this and other stories, it appears the Ohec thinks that the invading humans have more right to be there than the animals that have been kept there or naturally live there for hundreds if not thousands of years. Taking a dog into a field of animals at the best of times is ill advised unless there is a lot of space between both parties, but taking one near pregnant or nursing animals is always considered an absolute no-no by anyone with half a brain.

Don't blame the animals for defending their themselves and their territory, blame the idiots who don't understand the New Forest isn't some sort of giant petting zoo!
With this and other stories, it appears the Ohec thinks that the invading humans have more right to be there than the animals that have been kept there or naturally live there for hundreds if not thousands of years. Taking a dog into a field of animals at the best of times is ill advised unless there is a lot of space between both parties, but taking one near pregnant or nursing animals is always considered an absolute no-no by anyone with half a brain. Don't blame the animals for defending their themselves and their territory, blame the idiots who don't understand the New Forest isn't some sort of giant petting zoo! speedy231278
  • Score: 2

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