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12 cows die after breaking out of their enclosure and jumping off cliff

By Mason White 4:10 PM June 25, 2017
Cows (illustration)
Cows (illustration)
By: Tanya Clark

12 cows have died and a thirteenth was injured after they escaped from their enclosure and jumped off a cliff, according to police in Switzerland.

Bern police said that the 13 cows broke out of their enclosure, ran for several miles before throwing themselves from the top of a cliff near the village of Levron.

The cows’ owners suspect that the action of a dog or a wolf is a responsible for the incident. Twelve of the cows died, while the thirteenth was wounded and was probably saved by falling on one of the other cows.

The surviving cow was taken to an animal hospital. The incident unfolded early on Thursday morning. The cows broke several wires surrounding the pen before ending up at the ridge of the 150 feet tall mountain.

“They fell into the void, as if they had been cornered,” Norbert Terrettaz, who is the president of a livestock insurance company, said.

The cliff is of smooth stone, allowing no chance of survival for those who jump. The animals belong to several owners.

When farmers woke up on Thursday morning, they found the 13 cows lying on top of one another at the bottom of the cliff.

The cows were estimated to be worth around $20,000.

Police asked for anyone who may have witnessed something unusual in the area to come forward.