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'Yvonne' the runaway cow is returned to her owners

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The Bavarian cow named 'Yvonne' is caught on a pasture near Stefanskirchen, southern Germany, on September 2, 2011. Yvonne became famous after escaping from a farm in May 2011, going on the run and earning a hefty bounty on her head. Yvonne was found in Eigelsberg in the Bavarian Alps some nearly 4 miles from the farm where she escaped.

The dairy cow escaped in May and spent a few months on the lam, hiding in forests until she apparently got lonely and jumped a fence to join some fellow bovines on a farm. Today her owners came to round her up and take her home where she is slated to be slaughtered.

Reuters reported the cow didn't go willingly.

Capturing the cow was not easy -- she bucked in the air and required a double dose of tranquilizers when cornered in a field on Friday by a team accompanied by a vet with a blowgun. Now she is in a pen at Gut Aiderbichl.

Update: Yvonne was rescued by the Gut Aiderbichl animal sanctuary, which bought her for €600 to prevent her slaughter and will live out her days there.

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