First it was donkeys - now cow headbutts woman in New Forest

Daily Echo: The cow attack captured by Charlie Stratton The cow attack captured by Charlie Stratton

FIRST it was donkeys seeing the red mist in Hampshire – now it’s cows.

An elderly woman needed hospital treatment after being headbutted in the stomach as she walked in the New Forest.

The latest incident saw the 81-year-old attacked by a large pregnant cow.

It happened as she walked 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, who did not want to be named, 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 Hampshire 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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8:13am Sat 7 Jun 14

Huey says...

I notice the story doesn't mention the colour of the cow or what accent it has. Probably yet another attack by a foreigner.
I notice the story doesn't mention the colour of the cow or what accent it has. Probably yet another attack by a foreigner. Huey
  • Score: 10

8:23am Sat 7 Jun 14

News Fanatic says...

The reason why the cow attacked the woman is that she had a dog with her. Most of the attacks on people by cows are sparked by the presence of a dog. The solution is simple: if there is a cow in the field don't walk your dog there.
The reason why the cow attacked the woman is that she had a dog with her. Most of the attacks on people by cows are sparked by the presence of a dog. The solution is simple: if there is a cow in the field don't walk your dog there. News Fanatic
  • Score: 37

8:26am Sat 7 Jun 14

imspacedout says...

It's POSSIBLE that the animals are getting restless because they've sensed that there are plans for possibly allowing FRACKING in their natural environment which will be ruined by it!
It's POSSIBLE that the animals are getting restless because they've sensed that there are plans for possibly allowing FRACKING in their natural environment which will be ruined by it! imspacedout
  • Score: -5

8:31am Sat 7 Jun 14

sapenny says...

Cows dont move that fast particularly pregnant ones, you have to wonder how close she walked her dog pass the cow? No wonder the cow was spooked, she was just being protective.
Cows dont move that fast particularly pregnant ones, you have to wonder how close she walked her dog pass the cow? No wonder the cow was spooked, she was just being protective. sapenny
  • Score: 22

8:41am Sat 7 Jun 14

thesouth says...

Animals Only attack when they feel under threat. People need to respect them more and realise they are intruding on the animals land, not the other way round
Animals Only attack when they feel under threat. People need to respect them more and realise they are intruding on the animals land, not the other way round thesouth
  • Score: 30

8:44am Sat 7 Jun 14

Bexybow87 says...

When are people going to start using a bit of common sense? Stop blaming animals for your ignorance.
When are people going to start using a bit of common sense? Stop blaming animals for your ignorance. Bexybow87
  • Score: 35

8:48am Sat 7 Jun 14

issacchunt says...

Where's the nutter Packham when you need him?
Where's the nutter Packham when you need him? issacchunt
  • Score: 1

9:48am Sat 7 Jun 14

Linesman says...

Perhaps she got in the way, and the cow wanted her to Mooooo ve.
Perhaps she got in the way, and the cow wanted her to Mooooo ve. Linesman
  • Score: 11

10:09am Sat 7 Jun 14

FoysCornerBoy says...

So now mad cows have now joined the feral donkeys, goalpost-moving badgers, and urban foxes in the anti-human league. As posters here suggest this might be in opposition to fracking and engineered by EU migrants.
So now mad cows have now joined the feral donkeys, goalpost-moving badgers, and urban foxes in the anti-human league. As posters here suggest this might be in opposition to fracking and engineered by EU migrants. FoysCornerBoy
  • Score: 7

10:27am Sat 7 Jun 14

WarwickNights says...

FoysCornerBoy wrote:
So now mad cows have now joined the feral donkeys, goalpost-moving badgers, and urban foxes in the anti-human league. As posters here suggest this might be in opposition to fracking and engineered by EU migrants.
I wouldn't be surprised if the cows had been radicalised. Mad Moo-llahs? Socialists at the very least. Only the Daily Mail can save us
[quote][p][bold]FoysCornerBoy[/bold] wrote: So now mad cows have now joined the feral donkeys, goalpost-moving badgers, and urban foxes in the anti-human league. As posters here suggest this might be in opposition to fracking and engineered by EU migrants.[/p][/quote]I wouldn't be surprised if the cows had been radicalised. Mad Moo-llahs? Socialists at the very least. Only the Daily Mail can save us WarwickNights
  • Score: 6

10:49am Sat 7 Jun 14

redsnapper says...

Nothing wrong with a bit if fracking,,,,
Nothing wrong with a bit if fracking,,,, redsnapper
  • Score: 5

10:50am Sat 7 Jun 14

redsnapper says...

Nothing wrong with a bit of fracking. ..
Nothing wrong with a bit of fracking. .. redsnapper
  • Score: 1

11:12am Sat 7 Jun 14

Dai Rear says...

News Fanatic wrote:
The reason why the cow attacked the woman is that she had a dog with her. Most of the attacks on people by cows are sparked by the presence of a dog. The solution is simple: if there is a cow in the field don't walk your dog there.
It's worse than that. It's a wading bird sanctuary and yet the couldn't -care -less brigade let their dogs run all over it. I'd be happy for the wardens to shoot them (the dogs, I mean, though maybe the owners as well.....) I hasten to add that I don't include this lady who no doubt sensibly had her dog on a lead, And, no, it's not in a fracking area. Look at the map
[quote][p][bold]News Fanatic[/bold] wrote: The reason why the cow attacked the woman is that she had a dog with her. Most of the attacks on people by cows are sparked by the presence of a dog. The solution is simple: if there is a cow in the field don't walk your dog there.[/p][/quote]It's worse than that. It's a wading bird sanctuary and yet the couldn't -care -less brigade let their dogs run all over it. I'd be happy for the wardens to shoot them (the dogs, I mean, though maybe the owners as well.....) I hasten to add that I don't include this lady who no doubt sensibly had her dog on a lead, And, no, it's not in a fracking area. Look at the map Dai Rear
  • Score: 7

11:20am Sat 7 Jun 14

Mary80 says...

Sorry not gonna feel sorry for someone KNOWINGLY walking past animals with a dog, i mean hell! If the cow had a baby OBVIOUSLY the cow would get aggressive. I'm sick and tired of people going near WILD ANIMALS and then crying "wahh it hurt me"...no sh!t they don't want YOU anywhere near them especially if they have babies. I would never dream of walking through a field if there were cows around as the i wouldn't wanna risk getting hurt if they had babies as many animals can get pretty aggressive.

It sounds to me like if there are cows in a field that to me sounds like people shouldn't be walking through it
Sorry not gonna feel sorry for someone KNOWINGLY walking past animals with a dog, i mean hell! If the cow had a baby OBVIOUSLY the cow would get aggressive. I'm sick and tired of people going near WILD ANIMALS and then crying "wahh it hurt me"...no sh!t they don't want YOU anywhere near them especially if they have babies. I would never dream of walking through a field if there were cows around as the i wouldn't wanna risk getting hurt if they had babies as many animals can get pretty aggressive. It sounds to me like if there are cows in a field that to me sounds like people shouldn't be walking through it Mary80
  • Score: 6

11:38am Sat 7 Jun 14

Frank28 says...

So - what are people going to when they're attacked by wild animals? Sue them for damages and compensation? Stay well away from wild animals - and stay safe.
So - what are people going to when they're attacked by wild animals? Sue them for damages and compensation? Stay well away from wild animals - and stay safe. Frank28
  • Score: 6

11:40am Sat 7 Jun 14

mickey01 says...

Linesman wrote:
Perhaps she got in the way, and the cow wanted her to Mooooo ve.
pull the udder one
[quote][p][bold]Linesman[/bold] wrote: Perhaps she got in the way, and the cow wanted her to Mooooo ve.[/p][/quote]pull the udder one mickey01
  • Score: 2

11:54am Sat 7 Jun 14

Linesman says...

mickey01 wrote:
Linesman wrote:
Perhaps she got in the way, and the cow wanted her to Mooooo ve.
pull the udder one
Thank you for your comment, I am Heifer so grateful.
[quote][p][bold]mickey01[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Linesman[/bold] wrote: Perhaps she got in the way, and the cow wanted her to Mooooo ve.[/p][/quote]pull the udder one[/p][/quote]Thank you for your comment, I am Heifer so grateful. Linesman
  • Score: 4

12:05pm Sat 7 Jun 14

Zexagon says...

I don't recall Ali fighting a woman
I don't recall Ali fighting a woman Zexagon
  • Score: -2

1:43pm Sat 7 Jun 14

richard57 says...

dogs should be kept on leads in public places at all times.
dogs should be kept on leads in public places at all times. richard57
  • Score: 0

4:17pm Sat 7 Jun 14

sparkster says...

you cant blame the animals after all they live in the new forest and the cow was pregnant and probably being protective, anyone with common sense should know that wild animals can be unpredictable
you cant blame the animals after all they live in the new forest and the cow was pregnant and probably being protective, anyone with common sense should know that wild animals can be unpredictable sparkster
  • Score: 5

5:53pm Sat 7 Jun 14

Joseph Public says...

Farmer's notice "As far as I'm concerned, you can walk across my field for free. - but my bull charges"
Farmer's notice "As far as I'm concerned, you can walk across my field for free. - but my bull charges" Joseph Public
  • Score: 8

6:06pm Sat 7 Jun 14

WalkingOnAWire says...

sapenny wrote:
Cows dont move that fast particularly pregnant ones, you have to wonder how close she walked her dog pass the cow? No wonder the cow was spooked, she was just being protective.
You're wrong I'm afraid. Cows can really shift when they want to. They'll outpace the average person, and certainly an old lady.
[quote][p][bold]sapenny[/bold] wrote: Cows dont move that fast particularly pregnant ones, you have to wonder how close she walked her dog pass the cow? No wonder the cow was spooked, she was just being protective.[/p][/quote]You're wrong I'm afraid. Cows can really shift when they want to. They'll outpace the average person, and certainly an old lady. WalkingOnAWire
  • Score: 7

7:59pm Sat 7 Jun 14

cmth40 says...

Huey wrote:
I notice the story doesn't mention the colour of the cow or what accent it has. Probably yet another attack by a foreigner.
love your sense of humour,pity these silly **** dont check and realise any animal with young or pregant dont take kindley to dogs or people they dont know
[quote][p][bold]Huey[/bold] wrote: I notice the story doesn't mention the colour of the cow or what accent it has. Probably yet another attack by a foreigner.[/p][/quote]love your sense of humour,pity these silly **** dont check and realise any animal with young or pregant dont take kindley to dogs or people they dont know cmth40
  • Score: 2

10:32pm Sat 7 Jun 14

Mary80 says...

sparkster wrote:
you cant blame the animals after all they live in the new forest and the cow was pregnant and probably being protective, anyone with common sense should know that wild animals can be unpredictable
Clearly people who walk dogs near wild animals don't have common sense like the rest of us. The cow was pregnant it was just defending itself and its baby from a potential threat. Hopefully the woman recovers with no ill effects and learns a very painful lesson to avoid wild animals in the forest with her dog
[quote][p][bold]sparkster[/bold] wrote: you cant blame the animals after all they live in the new forest and the cow was pregnant and probably being protective, anyone with common sense should know that wild animals can be unpredictable[/p][/quote]Clearly people who walk dogs near wild animals don't have common sense like the rest of us. The cow was pregnant it was just defending itself and its baby from a potential threat. Hopefully the woman recovers with no ill effects and learns a very painful lesson to avoid wild animals in the forest with her dog Mary80
  • Score: 0

11:04pm Sat 7 Jun 14

sparkster says...

exactly, I come from Devon and if we had a picnic in the car on the moors in dartmoor we had to make certain that we had the windows closed as the ponies are notorious for being unpredictable as they thought they were going to be fed and if they had foals they were more aggressive naturally
exactly, I come from Devon and if we had a picnic in the car on the moors in dartmoor we had to make certain that we had the windows closed as the ponies are notorious for being unpredictable as they thought they were going to be fed and if they had foals they were more aggressive naturally sparkster
  • Score: 0

8:34am Sun 8 Jun 14

Positively4thStreet says...

Linesman wrote:
mickey01 wrote:
Linesman wrote:
Perhaps she got in the way, and the cow wanted her to Mooooo ve.
pull the udder one
Thank you for your comment, I am Heifer so grateful.
Don't milk it.
[quote][p][bold]Linesman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]mickey01[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Linesman[/bold] wrote: Perhaps she got in the way, and the cow wanted her to Mooooo ve.[/p][/quote]pull the udder one[/p][/quote]Thank you for your comment, I am Heifer so grateful.[/p][/quote]Don't milk it. Positively4thStreet
  • Score: 0

11:17am Sun 8 Jun 14

Stubs says...

Was it an old cow like the ones you see in these tea rooms eating there cream teas and pretend their country people .
Was it an old cow like the ones you see in these tea rooms eating there cream teas and pretend their country people . Stubs
  • Score: -2

8:25pm Sun 8 Jun 14

Inform Al says...

Huey wrote:
I notice the story doesn't mention the colour of the cow or what accent it has. Probably yet another attack by a foreigner.
Possibly Channel Islander.
[quote][p][bold]Huey[/bold] wrote: I notice the story doesn't mention the colour of the cow or what accent it has. Probably yet another attack by a foreigner.[/p][/quote]Possibly Channel Islander. Inform Al
  • Score: 0

10:16am Mon 9 Jun 14

kiddynamite says...

I think the animals are getting restless because they have heard there is another 'Wiggle' ride soon! Although personally i prefer to call it 'Idiots dressed as power rangers and need to grow up' ride.
I think the animals are getting restless because they have heard there is another 'Wiggle' ride soon! Although personally i prefer to call it 'Idiots dressed as power rangers and need to grow up' ride. kiddynamite
  • Score: 0

12:42pm Mon 9 Jun 14

From the sidelines says...

Very time we have a cycle event article, we get a load of comments about visitors not understanding the workings of the forest, the locals being at one with the environment, and how the place should be left to the residents.

It is clear that some of the locals really haven't got a clue.

Perhaps they should ride bicycles, so they can make a speedy escape.
Very time we have a cycle event article, we get a load of comments about visitors not understanding the workings of the forest, the locals being at one with the environment, and how the place should be left to the residents. It is clear that some of the locals really haven't got a clue. Perhaps they should ride bicycles, so they can make a speedy escape. From the sidelines
  • Score: 0

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