In a rare act of bovine bravery, a courageous cow escaped from a slaughterhouse on Sunday morning, evading local police officers and taking out an abattoir worker in the process.
Perhaps sensing that it wasn’t going to be another lazy day standing in a field eating grass, the 730-kilogramme animal shocked the town of Yokkaichi in Mie Prefecture with its bold bid for freedom; leading a group of over 20 policemen on a 6-kilometre chase. An audacious act that sadly ended in tragedy, with the 3-year-old beast dying after running headfirst into a metal fence.
The cow’s daring decampment however garnered little sympathy from Masashi Kitabayashi, a local police official. The callous cop matter-of-factly saying, “I don’t know whether it will be processed into meat or not.”