Video Wednesdays: Recent Cow Escape in British Columbia

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Just in time for the Video Wednesday blog post, news came in on Tuesday of a double cow escape attempt in my neck of the world, near Victoria on Vancouver Island. Click on the link below to get all the details from CBC News:

Angry cows escape in BC

Sadly, there is no happy ending to this story, so some of you may not wish to see the short video showing their recapture.

But if I were to make any comparison to the story of Audrey (cow) is that according to the article, these cows were able to get loose from the truck because the pin on the latch had mysteriously been removed. And that’s kind of interesting.

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Video Wednesdays: Marshmallow the Cat Escapes from Vet

Keeping with the theme of animal escapes, it seems fitting to slip in a few videos demonstrating the forethought, craftiness and dexterity of different animals, not to mention the patient determination as seen here with Marshmallow.

If you’ve read Audrey (cow) already, then you will now know that there is more than one way to open a latch.

Do you have an idea for a good animal video to share? Then I’d love to hear from you. Drop me a line on the CONTACT page.

Who is Yvonne of Bavaria?

 

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In Audrey (cow), there is mention of another cow referred to as “Yvonne of Bavaria”. This cow does exist in real life and her exploits, remarkable as they may seem, are true.

Yvonne was born in 2005 and was originally a dairy cow on a farm in a valley in the Austrian Alps. In 2011, she was sold to a farmer in upper Bavaria who intended to fatten Yvonne up in order to send her to be slaughtered. However, on May 24th, 2011, this brown-white cow escaped from a grazing field that was surrounded by electric fencing and hid in the woods. By one account, she smashed through the electric fence.

Despite using infrared cameras, a helicopter, a 10,000 euro bounty and a very handsome ox named Ernst to entice her, all attempts to capture her failed. In the meantime, here fame grew and grew. When an order was given to have her shot dead on sight, protests were strong enough to have it quashed. All hunters were told to leave the forest except for one, armed only with tranquillizers.

Yvonne was finally caught in September, but she was taken to the Gut Aiderbichl animal sanctuary where she lives still (as of last January as far as I know), with her two sons.

Want to learn more? Check out these articles:

Happy Ending for Yvonne

Yvonne the Runaway Cow

 

A New Contest for a New Year

It’s 2015 so let’s begin the Audrey (cow) blog with another contest!

One of the big plot points in the book is when Audrey escapes from the farm. We’re going to explore the theme of animal escapes in the coming months and this new contest will reflect it.

CONTEST #2 – THE GREAT ESCAPE

This is a contest for all you writers out there (up to grade eight). I want you to plot out an animal escape and write it as if you were that animal explaining how it was done.

Step One – Choose one of these animals:

– A monkey escaping from a zoo

– A parrot escaping from its cage in an apartment

– A goat escaping from a farm

– An elephant escaping from a circus

– A lobster escaping from a seafood aquarium

Step Two – Include a reason why they had to escape and why they had to do it as soon as possible.

Step Three – Choose one (or more) of these items that must be used in some way in the escape:

– A cellphone

– A pen

– A roll of tape (any kind)

– A vacuum cleaner

– A bowling ball

– A whoopee cushion

– An alarm clock

Step Four – Include at least one other animal (your choice) that helps your hero with their escape.

Step Five – Choose a final destination where your hero ends up and explain whether they are now safe or in a worse situation.

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The most creative and well written submission will win a signed copy of Audrey (cow) delivered to their home and another one for a school or public library of their choice.

Send it through the CONTACT page or directly to me at danbarel@telus.net

Contestants must be living in Canada or United States, and in grade eight or less.

Deadline is March 31, 2015