Thursday, August 25, 2011

Born Free

Yvonne has been at large since she breached an electric fence on her farm nearly three months ago, on May 24. Since then, she's adopted a lifestyle that might be called Sherwoodian: sticking to forests, eluding police, and bringing acclaim and tourist dollars to her quaint village.

Yvonne, 6, escaped just before she was due to be sent to the slaughterhouse. But her life of freedom hasn't been without risks. She narrowly missed being struck by a police car; hunters were given permission to shoot her on sight. Food traps were laid; a beagle hunting dog was enlisted. Companion cows were sent in, to draw her out. But all to no avail.

"Yvonne knows exactly what she's doing, and she's tricking us," the manager of an animal rescue farm told a German newspaper.

The same paper, the Sueddeutsche Zeitung, says that Yvonne has now become a type of freedom fighter "for the animal-loving republic."

Perhaps conceding the battle of wits — and the public-relations war — to the ruminant, officials are now hoping they can reach her through her heart. They're bringing in a male ox named Ernst, who they hope will capture Yvonne's heart, and lure her back to human society.

Thanks, Skippy

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