Dairy cows are notoriously placid, but like so many of Mother Nature's creatures, they can become very protective of their young. Fiona Boyd, came to know this when she was attacked by a mother cow that misinterpreted her actions when she went to remove her calf to another section of the farm known as the "calf house."
It Seemed Like An Ordinary Summer Day
It was a peaceful afternoon in late July at the family farmhouse in Chapmanton, near Castle Douglas in Kirkcudbrightshire, Scotland. Fiona Boyd, a mother of two, was home preparing tea for her two year-old niece, Zara, while her husband, Matt, was a mile away on another family-owned dairy farm. Suddenly, she heard the cries of a young calf in distress from the paddock. Having worked with cows for more than two decades, she had always felt safe around them. (See: Heroic Palomino Saves Rider from Dog Attack.)
She left her niece watching a DVD and tea brewing on the stove, thinking she would only be outside for a few minutes. She approached the two-day-old calf and was crossing the field in back of it, separating it from its mother. This is common practice on dairy farms, albeit it does seem cruel. The bellowing of the calf sent its six-hundred pound, three year-old mother into a panic. She plowed into Fiona's left side, butting her in the shoulder and knocking her to the ground. (See: Lions Save Kidnapped Ethiopian Girl.)
She told the press: "She was straddling me and all I could see was her massive body looming over me. Instinctively, I knew she was about to crush me. Terrified, I realized that escape was impossible, so I just gave up. All I could do was curl up into a little ball. I tucked my head under my arms to protect my neck, as I couldn't bear the idea of the cow breaking it." (See: Buddy The Cat Saves Owner From Heart Attack.)
Fiona sensed the urgency of the moment and knew she had to get back on her feet as quickly as possible. She had been taught long before that despite the gentle nature of the dairy cow, if someone is on the ground, they have been known to group together and attack en masse. The angry mother cow kept pushing her back to the ground, butting her with her head. If Mrs. Boyd could have reached the barbed wire and electric fence that were about 15 feet away, she would have been safe, but the cow would not let he move. (See: Binky The Hero Cat Bites Burglar And Saves Family.)
Kerry Gold Comes To The Rescue
As if a heavenly messenger was suddenly dispatched to save the day, the cow suddenly began to move away from her. It was then that she saw her beautiful mare, Kerry Gold, who had been grazing in the same paddock, kicking the cow furiously with her back hooves. The horse continued to pounce against the cow until it let go and went away. The horse did not leave her mistress's side until she could crawl safely under the electric fence, found her cell phone and managed to notify her husband. Little Zara remained oblivious to the incident, safe and completely absorbed in her DVD. (See: Falstaff The English Setter Saves Owner From Heart Attack.)
Fiona was lucky, and while she spent a few painful days nursing cuts, bruises and a tender back, she retained no lasting injuries. Kerry Gold was rewarded with extra hugs, carrots and apples, and became a bodyguard to Fiona and anyone else who entered the field where it happened. She would walk alongside and no other animal dared to join them. (See: Half Breed Wolf Saves Elderly Couple In Snowstorm.)
Although Kerry Gold has since passed, her grateful owners feel her presence in that field every day, and they lovingly honor her beautiful, loyal and valiant spirit.