Beaches in Corsica were closed this week after unusually aggressive cows started goring tourists.
The French-owned Mediterranean island has over 15,000 cows who have become unusually headstrong after a year of lockdown. Tourists returning to the island’s famed beaches are now fighting over their spots of sand with the bovine horde.
One man was sent to hospital after being gored in the neck on a beach in Lotu, another herd of cows chased tourists down a popular street, and in the mountain village of Lozzi, a 70-year-old woman was flown to hospital with a “severe leg wound” after being attacked while hanging out her laundry, according to the Times of London.
“The lady was wounded two centimeters from the femoral artery,” Lozzi mayor Francois Acquaviva told local newspaper Corse. “If this goes on, there will be deaths.”
In the southern part of the island near Ajaccio, beaches were closed after crowds of cattle were caught damaging cars, private property and rampaging through picnics.
“Tourists laugh at this as folklore and take pictures, but it’s a real pest,” a local councilor told the paper, and one animal rescue official warned: “When you see that [the cows] are heading in a particular direction, it is best to give them priority.”
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