Yvonne, The Cow On The Lam, Is Back!

Last May, this humble bovine in Upper Bavaria, Germany, went missing. For months she hid in the woods, prompting a Facebook page and cash reward for her return -- and becoming an international media star in the process. And now, of her own free will, she’

From Yvonne's Facebook fan page
From Yvonne's Facebook fan page

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MÜHLDORF -- She set a new standard in slow-moving media frenzies. Her name is Yvonne, and in case you havn't heard, she became Germany's most celebrated M.I.A. dairy cow this spring after she got past an electric fence in her grazing pasture, disappeared in the woods near the tiny Bavarian commune of Zangberg – and somehow attracted 28,000 fans on her German Facebook page and garnered international coverage.

The saga – and chase – are now over, with a happy ending after a farmer discovered a cow he thought was Yvonne in one of his pastures and alerted officials in nearby Mühldorf. The number on the animal's ear tag confirmed its identity. Yvonne appeared to be calm and in good health, a spokesperson said. She had apparently befriended four calves who were grazing in the field.

Any attempt to approach Yvonne was avoided until Henning Wiesner, the former director of Munich's Hellabrunn zoo, could get there with a special tranquilizer gun that does not harm animals. Yvonne was to be tranquilized for her trip to nearby Deggendorf, to the Gut Aiderbichl farm facility run by an Austro-German animal protection group.

The group had bought the former dairy cow after her escape. When all attempts to round her up failed, it decided to let her roam the woods freely. The tactic worked, and Yvonne eventually emerged on her own. In her new home, she is expected to live out the rest of her days pleasantly in the company of her sister Waltraut and son Friesi.

Gut Aiderbichl is also home to Ernst the ox who was taken to the area where Yvonne was thought to be hiding to see if he couldn't tempt her out. However, the initiative, like all other attempts to lure her out, failed. For weeks, helicopters hovered above the area where Yvonne was hiding trying to monitor the cow's movements, as search volunteers combed the woods. A tabloid even offered a reward to whoever found the cow.

Yvonne's fame grew to include Yvonne songs, and Yvonne merchandising like the T-shirts reading "Esst mehr Gemüse! Freiheit für Yvonne!" (Eat More Vegetables! Freedom for Yvonne!).


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A Mother In Spain Denied Child Custody Because She Lives In Rural Area

A court in Spain usurps custody of the one-year-old boy living with his mother in the "deep" part of the Galicia region, forced to instead live with his father in the southern city of Marbella, which the judge says is "cosmopolitan" with good schools and medical care. Women's rights groups have taken up the mother's case.

A child in Galician countryside

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A Spanish court has ordered the withdrawal of a mother's custody of her one-year-old boy because she is living in the countryside in northwestern Spain, where the judge says the child won't have "opportunities for the proper development of his personality."

The case, reported Monday in La Voz de Galicia, has sparked outrage from a women's rights association but has also set off reactions from politicians of different stripes across the province of Galicia, defending the values of rural life.

Judge María Belén Ureña Carazo, of the family court of Marbella, a city on the southern coast of 141,000 people, has ordered the toddler to stay with father who lives in the city rather than with his mother because she was living in "deep Galicia" where the child would lack opportunities to "grow up in a happy environment."

Front page of La Voz de Galicia - October 25, 2021

Front page of La Voz de Galicia - Monday 25 October, 2021

La Voz de Galicia

Better in a "cosmopolitan" city?

The judge said Marbella, where the father lives, was a "cosmopolitan city" with "a good hospital" as well as "all kinds of schools" and thus provided a better environment for the child to thrive.

The mother has submitted a formal complaint to the General Council of the Judiciary that the family court magistrate had acted with "absolute contempt," her lawyer told La Voz de Galicia.

The mother quickly accumulated support from local politicians and civic organizations. The Clara Campoamor association described the judge's arguments as offensive, intolerable and typical of "an ignorant person who has not traveled much."

The Xunta de Galicia, the regional government, has addressed the case, saying that any place in Galicia meets the conditions to educate a minor. The Socialist party politician Pablo Arangüena tweeted that "it would not hurt part of the judiciary to spend a summer in Galicia."

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