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article imageAggressive cattle attack people in France and Austria

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By Lynn Curwin     Jul 27, 2010 in Travel
People are being warned to avoid cattle when walking through certain areas. A man and a woman were recently left with serious injuries after being attacked by cattle in France, and another couple faced aggressive cattle in Austria.
The Telegraph reported that a woman was left unconscious after being trampled by a herd of cattle when she tried to cross a field near Font-Romeu. In another incident, a male walker was charged by a cow and left with head injuries, as well as cuts to his arms.
It was reported that the animal threw the man to the ground violently and walked on him.
Cows are at their most aggressive when they have their calves with them. Some people also believe holidaymakers in the Pyrenees area have been harassing the cattle.
A German couple told the Austrian Times about how they felt threatened by cattle when they went for a walk in the Austrian countryside.
They travelled more than 800 kilometres to spend a holiday in the Alps. They rented a mountain hut near the small town of Schöder in Styria’s Murau district.
“We wanted to walk to a nearby pub after arriving on Friday night when suddenly ten cows surrounded us,” said the 42-year-old man, who did not want to be named. “I unleashed our dog so she can escape. My wife suffered serious bruises when the cows attacked her. She eventually managed to lock herself in the hut, while I jumped into our car.”
The cattle damaged the car before moving off.
Although the woman required treatment at a clinic, the couple decided to stay and complete their holiday.
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