SKY NEWS – ALIX CULBERTSON
A plucky cow that was being taken to an abattoir in Poland managed to escape after swimming to safety on an island.
Keen to keep her life the bovine made a run for it as slaughterhouse workers tried to load her on to a lorry at the farm she was raised on.
Having ignored advice she would need to be tranquilised the workers were then sent running after the escaped animal, Polish news show Wiadomosci reported.
A farmworker suffered broken and bruised ribs after the cow rammed a metal fence during her escape.
She then ran into the nearby Lake Nysa in south Poland close to the border with the Czech Republic and appeared to dive underwater, before swimming over to an island, which has become her new home.
The farmer, known only as Mr Lukasz, tried for a week to get the cow back but has given up and is now caring for her on the island, where he makes sure she has enough food.