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The Bull

Remember Rudyard Kipling's lovely story "The Bull That Thought"? 

The Bull that thought:

A young Bull, intended to be fighting in a bull ring, grows up and is being trained for his future job. But very soon it is found out that he is a very special character, tricking his human playmates every now and then.
In the all important bullfight he is delivering a tactically clever defense. In the end the crowd is cheering the bull and the matador is a good sport and lets him go off.

This story happened in June 2005:
A young bull was transported to the butcher in Walterswil (near Sihlbrugg). Arriving at the shop, he should be roped, as is usual in a enterprise as that. 
This young animal though has never in his live been on a rope before. Maybe the 400 kilo guy would not have minded to be transferred into meat, but he protested against his being tied up and his logical decision was to run away.

On his flight he crossed busy main roads (so the road Zuerich-Zug in Sihlbrugg), forests and hills. Surprisingly nobody was hurt during his flight. 
Finally he was found in the Hausen area (Albis) where he stayed with a group of cattle. The girls obviously calmed him down and, after a nice kick against the proprietor of the grazing area, he was taken back home to his owner.

In the meantime the story had become public, and as with Kipling's bull our new star had now a mass of friends too. 
The owner got offers from private persons for the purchase of the animal (and saving his live), but they were turned down. After all, what would a private person do with a bull? 
The proprietors intention was, that the bull should be given time to recover and regain the lost weight. After that it should be turned over to the butcher again.

There is a happy end: 
The bull was finally sold to a group of people of Buddhist faith on Rigi. After making sure he would not be able to produce successors, and after a proper quarantine, the bull is now grazing happily among the cattle on the South-Western side of Rigi, above Vitznau. His new owners as peaceful vegetarians will take care that our hero will be enjoying a happy future.

By the way:
To be or have "a Stiere Grind" means to be  a very stubborn person. (Stier=Bull; Grind=Head)
To be "Stier" means being blank (having no money).
"Stiere" at something means stare at something.
 
"Stier" in dialect is spoken as "Schtier" ("sch" like in show; "i" as in he); "e" as in help)

 

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