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Public Health Officials Are Now Warning Against Taking Cow Selfies and We See Why

That cute Instagram photo is not worth a cow attack.

Dan McKernan, Executive Director of Barn Sanctuary, while engaging in cow selfies, has never been the victim of a cow attack. (Screenshot via Youtube)

Cows have a reputation as docile, calm creatures. But the truth is much more grim. In 2015, cows officially became the deadliest large animals in Britain. And yet, the current trend of taking selfies with cows and newborn calves continues—with potentially fatal consequences.

According to a 2009 article from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 20 people a year are killed by cows in the United States. In most of these instances (16), the cows purposely attacked the humans, usually resulting in fatal injuries to the head and chest. In England, 74 people were killed between 2000 and 2015.

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