A cow killed a north Georgia farmer after ramming the man against a fence as the man tried to force the cow to move. William Parris, 72, suffered massive chest trauma and died on Wednesday at an emergency room hospital.
According to the New York Post, Floyd County Coroner Gene Proctor told the Rome-News Tribune, that first responders tried to revive Parris, but to no avail. This was the first death attributed to a farm animal. Initially Parris had been conscious, but began to feel weak when help arrived.
It is not known if Parris had been trying to move the cow into a different pasture or if he was loading the animal up to be heading to slaughter.
While most people think that bulls are dangerous, few people realize that cows, particularly those protecting their newborns, can be extremely dangerous. It is recommended if people find themselves in a situation with nervous cows to move away carefully and quietly. Make no sudden noises, and the cows will most likely leave you alone once they have assessed you do not pose a threat to them or to their young.
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