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Cow missing for two months turns up alive on island with surprise companion

The cow survived by basically eating everything on the island

Source: Niamh Carolan/YouTube

A COW THAT went missing around two months ago in Meath was found alive this week on a small island on Breakey Lough, after the farmer who owned her had long given up on her.

She was spotted from an adjoining field by the farmer on Sunday who asked nearby resident Kevin Carolan if he could go out on his boat and check on her. The cow had been eating the foliage and bark of the trees on the island to stay alive but was still very malnourished.

Carolan told TheJournal.ie that the small island used to be severely overgrown but the cow had eaten so much of overgrowth that she made it possible to spot her from far away.

When help arrived to give her some food, to their surprise, they found a two month old calf with her.

“She was in pretty poor condition, there wasn’t a lot left on her but she looked after her calf – the calf was in good condition,” he said. “The calf is pretty wild because it never saw humans before so it was jumping around but it’s settled bit now.”

It is unknown how the cow got onto the island in the first place but there’s a theory that she was pushed into the lake by other cows when they were drinking and she then made her way ashore to the island.

The assistance of Navan River Rescue has now been requested to get the cow and her baby off the island on Saturday and until then, Carolan will continue to feed her.

You can watch the full discovery in the video above. 

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