Nosy cow!

By Oris Mnisi and Tshwareloeseng Mogakane

It was like the proverbial bull in a china shop when a cow ran wildly
through an Mpumalanga shopping centre with a small dog attached to her

Witnesses said the dog - possibly a mix between a terrier and a corgi,
or even a sausage dog - had latched onto the cow's nose after finding
her grazing in his owner's vegetable garden.

The beast kicked and mooed - and ran, with the dog attached to her
snout, through the Thulamahashe shopping complex.

"The cow was kicking and bulldozing almost every object in its way as it
ran through the shops. She was desperately trying to get rid of the dog,
but couldn't," said security guard Vusi Shabangu on Wednesday.

He said it was like a battle between David and Goliath, and the guards
had to lock themselves up in their office to escape the wrath of the cow.

"When we first saw the dog we thought it was a plastic bag, but when the
cow got closer we saw it was dog hanging tight while the cow was bleeding."

The cow ran mad, shattering glass and spilling blood all over the place.

The police were called to try to rescue the cow.

"Luckily, somebody knew where the dog came from and we called one of the
family members," said Mhala police spokesperson Constable Robert Makhubela.

The dog released the cow when it heard the family member's voice.

Makhubela said none of the tenants at the complex laid charges of
malicious damage to property.

Centre manager Nomsa Ngomane said damage amounted to over R2 000. -
African Eye News Service

This article was originally published on page 2 of The Star on November
06, 2008


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