“Europe's Unlikely Media Star: Yvonne, the Dairy Cow”
“On May 24, a German dairy cow, Yvonne, got past electrified fencing in the pasture where she was grazing and headed for the woods near this tiny Bavarian commune (pop. 1,100).
She has since captured media attention all over Germany, having become something of a symbol for the freedom and dignity of animals, and particularly of cows, which are treated with little regard as nothing more than sources of meat and milk.
When the local mayor, Franz Märkl, looks out his office window and sees yet another group of rubber-booted, camera-toting people heading for the woods where Yvonne is occasionally spotted, he can't help but laugh. "We sure trained that cow up good," he says jokingly. "Now everybody in Germany has heard of our beautiful commune. (...)"