Adventures of Yvonne the Runaway Cow to be Made Into a Movie
The true story of Yvonne, the crafty German runaway cow who eluded capture for several months last year as she roamed around southern Germany, is about to made into a movie.
Enlarge image Michael Aufhauser, the founder of Aiderbichel farm, feeds cow Yvonne during her first run in Deggendorf, Germany, on November 13, 2011. (© picture-alliance/dpa)
This animated cinematic ode to a bold bovine, which is due to open in 2014 under the apt title "Cow on the Run," will be produced by Munich-based film company Papa Löwe. Among the previous credits of the film's American producer, Max Howard, is Walt Disney's "The Lion King."
Michael Aufhauser, founder of the Gut Aiderbichl animal sanctuary in the southern German state of Bavaria, which Yvonne now calls home, said that the Hollywood film was going to be very romantic. "Yvonne even falls in love with a buck," he told Reuters.
Her story, he added, reveals that cows are not necessarily such silly, cerebrally challenged animals as many people seem to believe.
"People thought she was a dumb cow and would not know what to do in the wild," said Aufhauser. "But she was so clever, nobody could catch her and that amazed people."
Yvonne's incredible journey began when she broke through an electric fence on a farm near the Bavarian town of Mühldorf in May 2011. She savored nearly 90 days of freedom, even though authorities had given the green light for her to be shot if necessary after she was officially deemed a security threat.
Still, Yvonne somehow managed to elude capture, including moves made by animal activists to entice her safely into the open by using her calf, her best friend and even a breeding bull names Ernst.
Enlarge image Yvonne the cow was caught in pastureland near Stefanskirchen, Germany, on September 2, 2011. (© picture-alliance/dpa)
After receiving a double dose of tranquilizers Yvonne was eventually captured last September and taken to the Gut Aiderbichl animal sanctuary, where has remained ever since.
Rumors of the reported "moo-vie" were already circulating by late December 2011, when Spiegel Online International quoted Britta Freitag, a spokeswoman for the charity that offers a home to neglected animals, including some 400 cows, that they were approached by an international company based in Hollywood about shooting such a film.
"We would have never thought of making a film about her," Freitag said at the time. "We were only ever interested in her welfare as a cow."
At present, "Yvonne the German Cow" still has a fan base of more than 3,550 "likes" on Facebook, with some fans sending her recent Easter greetings, for instance, such as "I love you so much Yvonne" or "Time for another stroll, Yvonne?"
For now, it would seem, Yvonne is happy right where she's at.