July 18, 2005

Run for your life!

Oh my gosh! No joke or a lie, yesterday I experienced the scariest moment of my life and for a few seconds, thinking that I might die dominated my thoughts! Let me tell you more!

Yesterday was a beautiful day in Great Malvern. The sky was completely clear; not a cloud anywhere. A day so perfect produces a beautiful sunset, so I walked to the top of the hills to snap it. I already knew there were cattle grazing on the hill and was determined to capture the silhouette of a cow in front of the orange sky as shown to the left. The cows were grazing on a patch of the hill enclosed by an electric fence. The fence is designed to keep the cattle in. Walkers are allowed to enter the enclosure using the gates. The cattle are meant to be docile however you are warned not to get too close to them. So what did I do? Yes I got too close to one of them. It turned around, looked me in the eye and then started to run at me. In that split second I could see that this cow was not happy. As I looked back at it I saw the rage in its eyes! This powerful beast was running towards me and wasn't going to stop. I basically started to shit myself big time. I turned around and ran as fast as I could down the hill towards the exit of the enclosure. A good fifty meters! All the time I could hear and feel the cow behind me getting closer and closer. Luckily I was able to hurdle the gate to safety on the other side of the electric fence just before the cow caught up with me. Goodness knows what would have happened to me if I hadn't made it in time. I definitely wouldn't be writing this entry that's for sure! So yeah I'm never going in that cattle enclosure again! It's just not safe in there. I'd liken it to the raptor enclosure in Jurassic Park!

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  1. Duuude that's so scary. Cows can be aggressive. My neighbour was chased by one and had to leg it but if it had been a child it probably wouldn't have made it.

    18 Jul 2005, 18:37

  2. Yeah, that is so true!

    18 Jul 2005, 18:40

  3. Good anecdote! :)

    19 Jul 2005, 11:30

  4. David Wood

    Could have been worse:


    or even worse….


    23 Jul 2005, 20:15

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