December 23, 2011 - In the first half of December 2011, Critteraid was called in by Peter Hamilton of Lifeforce, a Vancouver based ecology organization (lifeforcefoundation.org) about a cow at large in the area since at least March.
She had been run into the water by local dogs, and evaded all sorts of wildlife, mainly coyotes. Probably the worst predator for her were dogs off leash. She is feisty, we are guessing about two years old. That old saying "the cow jumped over the moon" - well, cows can and do jump. She has proven that to us for sure.
It is not an easy task trying to get a half-ton feisty cow into a small space. Over several days of attempting capture, we fended off quotes such as, "Holy Cow!", and "If a cow crashes through the forest, does anybody hear?", etc.
The capture was commanded by Critteraid's CDART National Coordinator, Cheryl Rogers, who worked with the CDART South West Coordinator, Heather Ferguson, and her CDART volunteers to capture the cow. Since named "Lady Antebellum", she was turned over to Critteraid and we will look for a home for her. In the meantime, she will live in safety and comfort at the Critteraid Farm in Summerland.
Thank-you to everybody: from the feeders, capturers, Lifeforce, Don, Cheryl, Deb and the CDART crew for making her capture so easy, and to Don for getting her home safe and sound!
News Release from Lifeforcefoundation.org - The Vancouver based ecology organization Lifeforce was told about the plight of an Angus cow on December 11th. We immediately contacted officials and organizations to instigate a rescue effort. In just only 10 days she was on her way to a sanctuary.
In March 2011 she was on the freeway and the RCMP chased her. She ended up in a Surrey park bog and bush. This herd animal was now alone. For the next 9 months she endured coyotes, vicious dogs, harassment from humans and more threats that she only knows.
This story about a very young cow who escaped the inhumane slaughter system and fought all odds by surviving for nine months in the wild near Vancouver, Canada must be told. Few others destined to be eaten have escaped and got a pass to freedom. This is cow is truly a case for kindness. A case for her freedom.
She found some vegetation through to the fall, then concerned park walkers started feeding her so she would not starve to death. She was nicknamed Nellie by some, and April by others.
On December 19th a corral was set up and her food placed in it. As a “feral” cow who learnt how to defend herself, she only let a few humans near her. During the first attempt to get her into a trailer she bolted and literally was airborne over a huge rock. So this Plan B was the next step.
In the morning of the 21st, the gates were closed while she was eating. She remained calm all day and did not try to knock down the temporary fencing. The CDART transport trailer came from Summerland, BC. By 5:30 she was in the trailer and on her way to a safe sanctuary for the rest of her life.
Critteraid has a farm animal sanctuary in Summerland, BC, and offered her a home. Their Canadian Disaster Animal Response Team provided the capture team and transport.
Now settling in to her new luxury home, she spent the first night at Critteraid using the capture trailer as her home. She has been named Lady Antebellum and she now has a peaceful sanctuary.