December 13 2013 Latest news:
Saturday, September 7, 2013
An angry bull fractured a farmer’s ribs by pinning him up against a wall in a field near Bungay.
The man was only able to free himself when the animal backed off, allowing him to make a call to emergency services.
The man, in his 30s, was airlifted to the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital by the East Anglian Air Ambulance after the attack at 11.45am yesterday. A spokesman for the EAAA said the dairy farmer was “pinned against a wall by a bull” before the animal “backed off”, giving him the chance to dial for help.
He was flown to hospital where his condition was initially described as “life-threatening”, though it was later confirmed he was in a stable condition and making a “very good” recovery. The spokesman added: “It is expected he will make a full recovery after being checked over by doctors.”
Bull and cows attacks are more common when they have their young with them, and there have been rare occasions when their attacks have proven fatal.
In April 2008, probation officer Sandra Pearce was trampled to death as she walked her dogs through a field near Bungay. The 45-year-old was found lying on the ground surrounded by cows and a bull, and an inquest later found that Ms Pearce may have been trying to recover her dogs, who had disturbed the cattle.
In March, a 52-year-old farmer from Hurdle Drove, near Mildenhall, suffered severe chest injuries when he was attacked by one of his own herd, which was protecting its calf.
Walkers were advised to be vigilant near cows, particularly those guarding calves.