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
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;
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)