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2 female tourists injured after being attacked by cows in Switzerland

By Mason White 10:46 AM September 10, 2014
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By: Devansh Dutt
Tourists who were exploring Switzerland, were attacked by wild cows, rescue workers said.

The incidents occurred in the Swiss Alps, and local officials have warned tourists to be careful when hiking through fields with cows, particularly when they are with their young offspring.

On Sunday, tourists were hiking in Graubunden, where they encountered livestock. They walked around a cow with her calf, but ended up being attacked by other cows in the herd.

A woman was knocked down and suffered minor injuries. She was transported to a hospital in Davos, for treatment. The day before, a 45-year-old woman was seriously injured by a cow in La Punt-Chamues-ch.

The woman was leading a herd of cattle through the grass with a farmer when one of the animals, protecting her young calf, attacked the woman and threw her to the ground.

The woman suffered serious back injuries, police said. She was taken by a helicopter to a hospital in Samedan, before being transferred to a hospital in Chur.

Officials warned tourists who walk in the Alps, that they must pass cows quietly and avoid getting too close to them. “Cows, especially when accompanied by calves, may act aggressively when disturbed,” an official said.