Locals cows are fighting back and officials are at their tipping point.
The French-owned Mediterranean island known as Corsica is home to white sandy beaches, cerulean blue waters, and some pretty angry cows.
The beaches were closed this week after an unusually aggressive herd of cows started attacking tourists out of nowhere. The island is home to about 15,000 cows that were used to a year with little-to-no tourists due to COVID-19. Now, there seems to be a bit of a turf war going on.
Cows Aggressive On Corsica Island
According to the New York Post, a man was recently sent to the hospital after he was gored on the neck while enjoying some time on a beach in Lotu. Meanwhile, a group of tourists was forced to run frantically away from a herd of cows that were chasing them down a popular street.
A 70-year-old woman was even treated for a severe leg wound. She was suddenly attacked while she was hanging out her laundry to dry in the village of Lozzi. She was wounded right near the femoral artery, which would have been potentially life-threatening.
After a surge of violent activity, officials decided to grab the problem by the horns and make some much-needed changes. The southern part of the island closed down its beaches after cattle destroyed cars and other parts of private property.
While it may seem like a humorous situation, the island cows are proving to be quite the handful.
“Tourists laugh at this as folklore and take pictures, but it’s a real pest … When you see that [the cows] are heading in a particular direction, it is best to give them priority,” a councilor and animal rescue official said to the Times of London.
Black Vultures And Cows
Meanwhile, cows in a different part of the world are in a vulnerable state.
Black vultures are known for eating carrion, which is the remains of dead animals. These animals play an absolutely crucial role in adhering to the flow of the ecosystem. Since these vultures eat dead animals, the remains aren’t left out in the open for other animals to eat and then get sick and proceed to spread sickness elsewhere.
According to USA Today, these black vultures are also not afraid to go after living animals. This can be anything from calves to piglets to any small livestock. However, John Hardin from Indiana’s Scott County said he watches as dozens of these vultures will circle one weaker cow and try to kill it for food.
Hardin said he’s lost between two to four animals from black vultures. “When you’re in the animal husbandry business, one of the worst things you want is for an animal to die, especially the way vultures do it. Once they get a hold of them, they pick the calf’s nose off, pick around his mouth, face and navel. So then the calf can’t make it very long after that,” he said.
The Indiana Farm Bureau is allowing some farmers to apply for a permit. This permit will allow them to kill a certain number of black vultures on their property.