19th September 2019
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Woman attacked by runaway cow in Lerwick

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A woman was taken to hospital tonight after being attacked by an out-of-control cow which went on the rampage in Lerwick.

The cow passes St Olaf's Hall on its way into town.

The cow passes St Olaf’s Hall on its way into town.

The young stot, believed to have escaped from a park in the Seafield area, was first spotted at about 7.30pm on the path at the back of the Clickimin South juvenile football pitches.

The elderly woman was walking along the path when she was attacked and trampled on by the animal.

Onlookers who were watching the under-15 match between Spurs and Rangers described the incident as “incredibly scary”.

Police cars and an ambulance were quickly on the scene and the woman was taken to the Gilbert Bain Hospital.

The animal moved north along the path but shortly after returned. One witness said it charged at the police who threw an iron pole at it with little effect.

It then headed away from the parks and in the South Road, passing St Olaf’s Hall before entering Greenfield Place. A man in his 40s was taken to hospital after being knocked down and stood on by the animal.

Both the victims, who were treated for bruising, were later released from hospital

At about 8.30pm the police were trying to corner the beast, and a 4×4 with an animal trailer attached was seen entering the road. Another cow was brought in to try and help the situation.

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  1. John Tulloch

    I doot tun wis nae coo!

    • Robin Banks

      Need a translator coo for you.

  2. kathryn miller

    If I had been a dog, they’d have shot it. Hope the lady is going to be o.k. Cows are not the docile creatures folk think they are.

  3. iantinkler

    It appears to actually be a bull. You can not blame a Cow or Bull for being what they are. shooting should not be an option unless a member of the public is in imminent danger. Certainly not after the event. The owner is the one liable, sadly the case in most hostile dog events. Shooting the owner is not a realistic option, sometimes with dog ownership it perhaps should be.!!

  4. Stephen Ferguson

    I hope the other cow was a trained negotiator.


    What good did the police think throwing a iron pole at the animal would do !!

  6. Peg Young

    Surely yon’s no a COO!!

  7. Sheila Murdoch

    All they needed was a collie ‘dug’ , they sort everything out, would have rounded up the beast in no time. If it happens again give us a call we have just the lad ready and eager to take control.

  8. iantinkler

    Regarding Dogs and cattle, NEVER, NEVER let your dogs approach cattle. You or they could well end out dead. Cows kill more people than bulls ever do. A cow is basically a tamed wild animal and sees a dog as a predator. Sheep will run from a dog, cows can, and if protecting a calf, will go into attack mode. If your dogs runs to you, you will be attacked, gored , trampled and probably killed. The cow is only protecting its young, but in doing so you and your dog could well end out dead. I repeat NEVER EVER go into a field with cattle if you are walking your dog.


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