FOUND: Much-loved cow called Harold is missing, feared stolen

Harold has been found after a week, three miles away from when he started and with a completely different herd of cows.

Harold back where he should be - credit Hannah Banfield 

Hannah Banfield, his original owner, said: "He is now shut in a shed with extra security while he realises his new home and family are actually really lovely."

"I could not be happier right now. I can now sleep. I’ve told the SAS I no longer need them!" she joked. 

She thanked everyone who had shared Harold's story or checked in with her about his adventures. 


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A much-loved Highland cow called Harold is missing, feared stolen, from his field in Ivybridge. 

Harold the Highland Cow - credit Hannah Banfield

Harold, who was only recently sold to his new home in Westlake, near Ivybridge, went missing between 7am and 12noon on 17 August. He is a one-year-old steer with two yellow ear tags ending 700003. 

Hannah Banfield, Harold's previous owner who lives at Blackdown Hills, said he is "friendly, but probably very nervous now".

he has recently had a TB test so his two shaven patches on his neck may still be visible 

She said: "He has recently had a TB test so his two shaven patches on his neck may still be visible. I believe he may have escaped in search of his mum but there has been no trace of him, no dung, no hoof prints, no fur, no evident of trampled crops or foliage, so we fear he may have been stolen. 

there has been no trace of him, no dung, no hoof prints, no fur, no evident of trampled crops or foliage 

Harold the Highland Cow - credit Hannah Banfield

"It’s still important for people to check their pasture and woodlands just in case he is there."

Anyone who has any information relating to Harold's whereabouts are asked to call the Rural Crime Hotline on 0800 7830137, quoting crime reference number CR/068421/20. 


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