A couple of evenings ago, a Tennessee rancher went out to check the cows and saw a very strange sight and was able to photograph the event. A black bear approached their cow herd - a very big mistake on his part.
His blonde and white Simmental cow, I-12, a very good, calm, attentive mother cow 12 years of age was grazing the pasture. A bear approached her and her calf. This cow is in her prime and knows that bears are bad news! I-12 went right for the bear and tried her best to mash him into the ground. A younger cow, R-55, an Angus-Cross cow, age 7, began helping her out as best she could. It was incredible for this Tennessee rancher to see two cows working together to protect their babies and crush this bear. There are even a couple of photos where the bear is biting I-12's leg and clawing her face but she does not give up. Her stiff tail shows how agitated she was. The Tennessee rancher said all the cows were bawling, the bear was squealing, and the calves were running around with their tails in the air. Finally, the bear decided to vacate the area. The rancher thought the bear would be dead for sure, but there was no sign of him the next day. They were, however, that he's got some broken ribs out of the deal at the very least.
Talk about a once-in-a-lifetime event!! We thought this was worth sharing with all our Top50 visitors! We hope you enjoyed this true, yet unbelievable, account.