He stressed that cows with calves tended to be very territorial, especially if they were Brahman cattle, and would inflict harm if they sensed danger.
“They could even trample you to death,” he said.
He said it could have been motherly instinct that kicked in or rabies, but this required further scrutiny.
In cows, rabies led to neurological disorders which at times showed themselves in the form of hydrophobia. This would cause the cow to be thirsty but looking at water would scare them.
“They would also hit objects with their heads, which is very unusual behaviour. This is transmittable to humans and should therefore not be written off but be thoroughly investigated.”
Jansen van Vuuren said it was important for the cow to be kept in a proper holding facility where its temperature could be taken and tongue observed to check if it was salivating.
“Also worth noting would be whether it was still mothering its calf during this time. You cannot make a call on a distant evaluation.”