More than 50 cows were surprised by floods in France in Coronne, near Nantes, and were suddenly stuck on an “island”. The farmer’s wife made desperate attempts to get them out again. Eventually I got help from kayakers. Six days later, thanks to a kayak full of straw, we succeeded.
Le Parisien, western France
Brenda Lee Forrage’s cows, 20, were unable to leave their hill, which was completely surrounded by water, for six days. The sudden rise in water levels due to heavy rainfall caught the animals by surprise at the end of last month. The first attempt to return the cows to the land failed. It was the morning of October 29, when Storm Celine hit the area.
On the morning of November 3, Forage tried again. “The longer this goes on, the more I see my cows getting weaker,” she says. She got help from four farmer friends and also knocked on the door of a local kayak club to lure cows with straw and make them jump into the water. “It’s a big risk,” Forraj says. “They could stop midway and drown. But if I don’t do anything, they will starve to death.”
So the kayak was filled with straw and carried like a carrot in front of the cows’ noses. And with success: the hungry cows gradually followed suit. They had to wade into the water for about 200 meters to feel the ground under their feet again. It took them about half an hour, but then they were rescued.
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