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Wild White Cattle of Chillingham. Friday June 28, 2013

Last week I had the most incredibly uplifting experience. I was in the company of what is possibly the rarest large mammal on earth. This animal is rarer than the giant panda; rarer than the Siberian tiger. There are no examples in any zoos. In fact, the only place you can see these beautiful creatures is in an isolated valley in Northumberland.

They are one of the county's less visited attractions; the Wild White Cattle of Chillingham.

Their story is one of foresight, natural selection at its most brutal and luck, incredible luck. Eight hundred years ago the then Lord of Chillingham created a wall, seven miles long, to completely surround the valley containing these cattle. He wanted them to remain wild so that the Scots could not steal them (they cannot be lead or driven).

From then until now the herd has remained completely isolated and has not bred with other domestic cows. Today they are as much like our domestic cattle as a fox is like a St Bernard. They are genetically unique in the world.

At one point, after the bitter winter of 1947, the herd dwindled to a mere eleven individuals. In 1967 Foot and Mouth Disease came within three miles of the estate and officials were dispatched with rifles to shoot the whole herd. But after observing through binoculars that the herd appeared healthy with no sign of the disease, they went away again
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The cattle wander freely in a wooded and pastured valley of 350 acres. Last week, bathed in sunshine, it appeared idyllic. I should imagine in January it is rather different.

Hearing their story, along with the bugling of the bulls (they do not roar or bellow like ordinary cattle) was inspiring. Watching them was peaceful. I could have stayed in that meadow all day, but my £7 only entitled me to an hour of the (very patient) warden's time. I could go back again and again, and if it were not for the 350 mile journey to get there, probably would!

I appreciate that walking in wild countryside is not universally enjoyable and that cows do not uplift the spirits of everyone, but when you know what really does uplift your spirits and you can create a cocktail that will be uniquely satisfying to you, then – even if you can only do it every so often – you will be onto a winner.

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Comments

Anonymous Fri, Jun 28th 2013 @ 8:54am

I love that opening line, Mary. It certainly grabs your attention! Well done again, for your continued newsletters which chime heavily with me. And thank you.

Anonymous Fri, Jun 28th 2013 @ 9:20am

Oh don't! As a Geordie in exile such a beautiful depiction of my homeland makes me long to get back home. I do get nostalgic about it. I do plan to get there one day but life keeps getting in the way.

Anonymous Fri, Jun 28th 2013 @ 10:07am

This is lovely. Those "wow" moments - whatever they might, be are really to be savoured, and remembered on "less than wow" days.
Thanks.

Reineke Fri, Jun 28th 2013 @ 12:19pm

Very interesting and uplifting too, yes! Thank you.

Here is something to share for those who want to hear the bulls too:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cE1QirqbQVY

They do bugle!

Reineke

Anonymous Fri, Jun 28th 2013 @ 11:28pm

Smiled... :)

Wings of Cindy Sat, Jun 29th 2013 @ 7:45am

If I'd experienced that - my heart would have burst open from too much love and joy! I wish there'd been photos though...

Caroline Ashcroft Sat, Jun 29th 2013 @ 9:27am

Have a look at the YouTube link above.

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