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The Cow Who Captivated a Nation

Written by PETA | September 2, 2011

Update: Yvonne has come out of the woods and “turned herself in”. She “apparently got tired of the loneliness” and hopped a fence to a farm where she grazed for awhile, and she is settling in at the Gut Aiderbichl animal sanctuary. Yvonne’s son, who had been thought dead, was located by the sanctuary, and mother and son have been reunited in their new home.  

It may sound like the storyline of a Disney movie, but a cow in Germany has been successfully hiding out in the woods for nearly four months after running away from a Bavarian farm, where she was being fattened for slaughter.

As Yvonne the cow eludes search teams, including the police, rescuers from an animal sanctuary, and even a helicopter equipped with a thermal camera, her escape and the subsequent search for her have generated an international media frenzy. There is even a hit song about Yvonne playing on German radio, telling her, “Don’t let them take your freedom.”

Authorities had previously ordered that Yvonne be shot on sight after she jumped in front of a police car, but the order was rescinded after animal rights advocates rallied to her defense, setting up Facebook pages devoted to saving her, and Germany’s largest newspaper put up a reward for anyone who helped find her. If Yvonne is ever caught, she will spend the rest of her days at the Gut Aiderbichl Animal Sanctuary with her sister Waltraud and a calf named Waldi, who came from the same farm that Yvonne ran away from.

PETA Germany has talked to numerous reporters about Yvonne and has been quick to point out that she is no different from any other brainy bovine. Like Yvonne, all cows value their lives and do not want to suffer and die.

The average vegan saves 100 lives every year. To start saving cows like Yvonne yourself, order one of PETA’s free vegetarian/vegan starter kits.

Written by Michelle Sherrow

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  • Tammy Karaba says:

    Did anyone see her horn? It looked like it had been broken off. I am glad she will be rescued in a safe place. 🙂

  • Animal Lover says:

    i am vegetarian. because animals are abused while being killed for food.

  • lisa says:

    Great admiration for PETA Germany she’s safer in thier hands than the USA, Germany proved that not so long ago by refusing a stall that wanted to sell foie gras.

  • [email protected] says:

    Great news lets hope the she will be happy and safe at the Sanctuary,that is one intelligent animal, not sure why other posters have commented lets hope she has a save return to the USA, she wasnt even from the USA, and if she was then her fate would be even worse, think she’s better off why she is.

  • Chai'namarie says:

    I very much agree with “Jinks’ comment that the human race has to praise ourselves for doing that one small (although not to Yvonne and son) of compassion. Why can we not be like that for ALL living creatures.

  • Jinks says:

    wow. You know it’s funny that in reverse speech recognition the word ‘wow’ is the same backwards as spoken forwards. It’s too bad humans are incredibly ‘cruel’ a small word to emphasize violence, ruthlessness, and a word which is not the same backward as forward. It is strange that we have to praise the tiny little moral actions of the human race as though a small deed of mercy were a miracle, and that it was astonishingly incredible that the deed even occurred at all, and to top it off, that we are obligated to give human kind a thanks. Amazingly abnormal. My hopes and dreams to this gracious, gentle, and beautiful animal.

  • aisha Jassim says:

    good luck yvonne

  • Carla says:

    You go Yvonne sweetie!!! routing for your safe return her in the USA!!!!!!!

  • MARY says:

    You go girl !! I hope they will find her well. That is why I converted to veganism because of stories like this. It surely feels good that I am starting to make a difference to save bovines and other animals destined for slaughter.

  • CLAUDIA says:

    Cows are intelligents animals and deserve respect like any other species. Love being a vegetarian!!!

  • robert says:

    Go Yvonne! Thoughts and prayers for you from Chicago.

  • Estella says:

    Aww, this story is so sweet! Yvonne was very brave to do that. Cows have feelings and don’t want to suffer neglect and death, they are just like us. Good luck Yvonne, may you have a happy full life ahead of you!

  • undniabledlemma says:

    Haha, Yvonne is awesome!

  • Diana says:

    Makes me proud to be a vegetarian. :3

  • Hunter Erwine says:

    Good luck Yvonne, I’m rooting for you!