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While an appetite for underdog stories seem hardwired into the human psyche, many people around the world are showing that a love for cooked animal doesn’t have to be.
Perhaps this goes some length to explaining why a cow filmed standing in a patch of greenery in Carlisle has gone viral.
The serene-looking bovine in question is reported to have escaped from an abattoir on Wednesday and social media users have been cheering the freedom-seeker on in style.
@ITVborder Let him live! He deserves to live - they all do!! 🐮 #PowerToTheCows 💪🏻 — Louise Lewis (@Louise Lewis)
@ITVborder @itvnews Let it live and be loved 💕 https://t.co/PaPBqZRjTr — KJBPonyAdventures 🐴🐈🐱🤓🍎 (@KJBPonyAdventures 🐴🐈🐱🤓🍎)
@ITVborder What a feel good story. When it’s caught and shot to death with a bolt gun please don’t update me. Thank you. — James Felton (@James Felton)
@ITVborder Ok we’re gonna need the locals to come and form a guard of protection around that cow and move it to safety — Ciara McShane (@Ciara McShane)
@ITVborder The Beef Shank Redemption — Blue6oy (@Blue6oy)
@LadyTeapots @ITVborder @rattycastle Doesn't seem like it's cowering at all. — Mickie (@Mickie)
@ITVborder That's just one of many - what about the udders? — Born Loco (@Born Loco)
@ITVborder @RoryStewartUK Your the MP save this cow 😥 — Geraint (@Geraint)
@ITVborder I think this cow needs to be set free - it’s earned it! Fuck it, I have a field. Bring it to me. — Park View Princess (@Park View Princess)
They released the following statement:
The cow, which was in a highly distressed state, was destroyed by armed officers following concerns for the public and motorists.
One resident said the cow had been in the estate for around an hour and had told the News and Star:
It looks quite calm at the moment but I know how dangerous cows can be. I'm still confined to the house at the moment.
@ITVborder This happens at least once a year in Carlisle. I remember once being "advised to stay indoors" because a… https://t.co/W8bJ8WSKuW — Chris McCoy (@Chris McCoy)
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