A man in his 80s has died after being savagely attacked by a herd of cows while out walking with his 78-year-old wife.

The couple were out walking in Ivescar near Ingleton, North Yorkshire when the attack happened yesterday afternoon at around 1.45 pm, he was pronounced dead at the scene, his wife, 78, was taken to hospital by air ambulance with bad bruising.

A police spokeswoman said: “An 82-year-old man, from Foulridge, Pendle, sadly died yesterday after being attacked by a herd of cows.”

She added: “Emergency services attended and sadly the man was pronounced dead at the scene. The woman, aged 78, was badly bruised and taken to Royal Lancaster Infirmary by air ambulance.”

Did you know?

In 2015 cows were officially declared the most dangerous large animals in Britain, with 74 people killed between 2000 and 2015. Of these, 54 people (an average of three a year over this period) appear to have been killed by cows whilst at work.

Compare this number of attacks with the 17 attacks carried out by dogs in the eight years leading up to 2015, which arguably garner a lot more publicity, and it becomes apparent that the media are not paying much attention to this relatively high risk of walking in the countryside and working with cows.



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