A mum is warning the public to be wary when walking through public rights of way after a cow attacked her daughter, leaving her with a broken ankle in the “freak incident.”
Mandy Ring and daughter Amy were enjoying a walk through a field in Pickering on Monday last week when the cow attacked the 11-year-old.
She was thrown up in the air, landed awkwardly, and the cow was returning for a second attack when Mandy stepped in to protect Amy.
Mandy herself was hit in the back several times and had to use a dog lead to hit the cow on the nose before it eventually ran off and Amy could then be rushed to hospital for treatment on her ankle, which was broken in two places.
Now Mandy, of Ruffa Lane, has decided to warn the public amid fears that a similar attack could happen to others when walking in Ryedale.
She has also spoken to the owners of the field, known locally as Rookers Field, which is a public right of way and popular with walkers.
“I would hate for something like this to happen to somebody else,” she said. “I don’t want to fall out with anybody or have a great going on, I just want people to be aware that cows can be unpredictable and to be wary of them.”
Mum and daughter were joined on the walk by the family dog but say their pet had nothing to do with antagonising the cow as it was far away and is scared of cattle.
“I have been through there hundreds of times and they have never bothered us before,” said Mandy. “They are nice cows. But I have since heard from other people about incidents where cows have had a go at them.”
“It was a freak incident. I don’t know why the cow attacked. I just want people to know as I would feel horrible if someone got hurt or worse killed.”
Mandy added: “Amy is fine. She has got a bright purple pot on her ankle and went back to school on Monday so she is doing well. She was a bit shocked and shaken up but seems to be taken it all in her stride.”
Although there are no official figures, it is believed at least one person a year on average is killed by cattle and many more hurt by them. The last known fatality was Mike Porter, a retired university lecturer, who was trampled while walking in a Wiltshire field in May.