In August 2015, two of us were walking along a public footpath with my dog on a lead. We were on the outskirts of Stithians, Cornwall.
We saw there were cows spread out across the field, Charolais and Limousin breeds. There seemed to be no danger, until we got to the middle of the big field.
Then, the cows surrounded us.
There were little cows running around the outside of the circle, but the big cows were inside. They started swinging their heads like hammers, trying to get at my dog. I pulled him closer to protect him, but one of the cows headbutted me. I was knocked to the ground, and was stamped on by a few cows – on my lower back, knees, and elbow.
I tried to stand up, but got knocked down again. It took me three or four tries before I could get back on my feet and, by this time, my dog had run away.
We got the hell out of there, being stalked by the angry herd all the way.
The dog was unharmed, but I had bruises and pain in my hips and my back. I was checked out by paramedics, but the pains got worse over time. I saw my GP who said I had arthritis. The pains in my hips have got worse, and my knees are giving out on me. My back hurts all the time and I can’t do much these days.
We didn’t see any signs warning about the cows, and as far as I know the incident was never investigated.
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