An elderly man has been airlifted to Cardiff's University Hospital of Wales suffering from serious injuries after being trampled by what police described as a “dangerously out-of-control” cow which had escaped from a livestock auction.
Trains had to be stopped after the cow strayed onto rail lines and the animal eventually had to be shot as it was "dangerously out of control".
Police said "every effort" had been made to safely contain the cow.
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Dyfed-Powys police say they had received multiple reports early this morning – Saturday, November 19 – that the animal had escaped from Whitland Mart in Carmarthenshire, South Wales.
A spokesperson from Dyfed-Powys police wrote on Facebook: “Dyfed-Powys police received reports at approximately 10.15am this morning of a cow dangerously out of control in Whitland.
“The cow had escaped from Whitland Mart, and made its way to the centre of the village. It came across an elderly man in North Road, where it attacked and trampled him, causing serious injury.
“The man was conveyed by air ambulance to the University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff.
“The cow then went on the rail track in the area, and trains had to be put on stop to mitigate the danger to them.
“Eventually, it made its way to a field, where every effort was made to safely contain it in consultation with the owner.
“Unfortunately, all attempts failed, and due to the danger posed by the animal it was humanely dispatched with the consent of the owner.”
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The police spokesperson added the Health and Safety Executive had been informed, with inquiries ongoing.
A similar incident, in March of this year, also resulted in a cow having to be destroyed. In that case the animal had escaped from Cig Calon Cymru, an abattoir and meat processing facility in Carmarthenshire.
Police said at the time that they considered a number of options to safely contain the animal but "none were found to be feasible".
A spokesperson added: "After seeking advice from experts, which included a vet at scene, the only safe option left was to humanely destroy the animal."
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