Georgia farmer considers retirement after rabid cow attack

Farming is tough business.

Area cows have donated a nice recliner for the farmer's recovery. (Unrelated AP Photo)

Area cows have donated a nice recliner for the farmer's recovery. (Unrelated AP Photo)

Droughts, weeds and bugs all conspire against the modern husbandman.

And don’t forget the threat of 900-pound rabid farm animals. The Associated Press reports a Georgia farmer “in his early 70s” is considering retiring from his ancient profession after being attacked by a rabid cow.

Raymond Parks, of the Maysville area, located about 60 miles northeast of Atlanta on I-85, said he feared he would not survive the assault — a violent head-butting that threw him into a barbed wire fence.

Parks suffered broken ribs, but told WXIA TV he was still able to blast the unnamed and unarmed cow three times with his shotgun. Still, the animal didn’t die and a veterinarian was called several days later to put the animal out of its misery.

How did the animal contract rabies? The AP reports Parks’ Jackson County farm is near the spot where a rabid bobcat was recently discovered.

Cows rarely contract rabies, but 19 other animals in Parks’ herd have been placed in quarantine for six months.

Parks’ wife of more than 50 years, Pauline, said despite recent events that her husband will never retire.

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75 comments Add your comment

Moooo

February 3rd, 2012
8:37 am

Eat mor chikin

islandchefin

February 3rd, 2012
8:45 am

Well said! eat mor chikin….

Bo Alexander

February 3rd, 2012
8:49 am

Several DAYS later. What a guy.

Deirdre

February 3rd, 2012
8:59 am

Why the tongue-in-cheek tone? This was sad and scary. The farmer suffered serious injuries, the cow suffered serious injuries.

Old Man

February 3rd, 2012
9:07 am

I don’t get why this is played for laughs either. From your bio, you’re obviously not a city slicker, the only possible rationale for finding anything like this even remotely funny.

Andy Phisterbottom

February 3rd, 2012
9:08 am

Mmmmmmmmmmm!!!!!! rabid porterhouse steak.

Harry the Hindu

February 3rd, 2012
9:12 am

Karma Karma Karma

Poor cow

February 3rd, 2012
9:16 am

So he shot the cow and then waited several days to call the vet? That is just wrong.

Wendy

February 3rd, 2012
9:36 am

Typical “country bumpkin” to let the animal suffer even longer after shooting it. Why not just call the vet immediately instead of waiting a few days.

cat

February 3rd, 2012
9:36 am

Several days later? How cruel and inhumane is this guy? That is just downright cruel. No sympathy for this man whatsoever.

Mahopinion

February 3rd, 2012
9:39 am

Several days later? What an ahole.

Donal O'Donovan

February 3rd, 2012
9:40 am

As the son of a farmer and having grown up on a Dairy Farm I find your humor in extremely bad taste.

Lumpy

February 3rd, 2012
9:46 am

My sympathy is for the farmer. Once he got away and the cow ran off, I would imagine he was in shock. After being able to get back out there and seeing the condition of the cow, he called the vet. Rabies in cows is very rare. How humanely do you think the hamburger you eat was treated?

Dusty

February 3rd, 2012
9:57 am

Awww come on. Even the cows are not fussing. Didn’t you read under the picture where “the area COWS have donated a nice recliner for the farmer’s recovery”??? They don’t give a “moo” about ol’ rabid Daisy.

Zombie Steve

February 3rd, 2012
9:57 am

Would this be considered a case of the Mad Cow??

deville

February 3rd, 2012
10:00 am

A 70 something year old man beaten up by 1000 pound cow resulting in broken ribs and possible internal injuries. I’m sure he was in the hospital for several days and could not call a vet. He probably didn’t even know the cow was still alive till he got out of the hospital! I feel for the animal but, people still take priority in these situations.

WAR EAGLE

February 3rd, 2012
10:10 am

I think the vet should put the farmer down.

moonbat betty

February 3rd, 2012
10:12 am

That cow was UNARMED and shot in the back!

This thug should be charged with attempted murder.

You don’t shoot an unarmed cow, you beat it down mano y mano like a man.

Good job at humiliating this thug, AJC!

Are you kidding

February 3rd, 2012
10:12 am

Not like he wasn’t doing something…..say like nursing broken ribs, wounds from being cow-tapulted into a barbed-wire fence. Other than that yeah, …he should have been busy caling the vet…

Zombie Steve

February 3rd, 2012
10:13 am

ZOMG – days after??!!!?!! How dare they?!

*goes to Longhorn for dinner later on*

Liz

February 3rd, 2012
10:20 am

He waited several days to get the poor cow put down? Was that “his revenge?”

Very, very, very strange

February 3rd, 2012
10:26 am

Didn’t he call Animal Control after being attacked by a rabid animal??? In order to test an animal for rabies, you need to kill it – you need to examine the brain.

I hope this man received the appropriate vaccinations…..the whole thing seems kind of weird.

Ummmm....

February 3rd, 2012
10:32 am

I just finished reading this story, and my first thought was the misery the cow was in SEVERAL days later. Why didn’t someone call the vet sooner and put the cow down? Rabid or not, it didn’t deserve to writhe in pain for that long…But seriously, 3 shots with a shotgun and that didn’t put it down. That’s one thick skinned cow!

Dave in Marietta

February 3rd, 2012
10:35 am

You know darn well other people knew the cow was out there full of buckshot, so someone, if not the farmer himself, could have done something about it. Quit making excuses for him.

Are you kidding

February 3rd, 2012
10:35 am

Get a grip Liz! He wasn’t raising the cow to run for Ms America in 2013. He was going to kill it at some point anyway, so that you could order the burger on your next trip to Chili’s. They are running the 2/$20 again… The fries are awesome too. Wait….don’t potatoes have eyes too?

Elsie

February 3rd, 2012
10:37 am

Well if a vet wasn’t called until several days after he blasted a cow three times with a shotgun, maybe he should be getting out of the farming business or anything involving animals.

The ASPCA should be all over this.

JB

February 3rd, 2012
10:50 am

Note: not all of those expressing sympathy for the cow since the farmer left it there to suffer are meat-eaters. Some people do practice what they preach and don’t go to disgusting, low-grade restaurants like Chilli’s and Longhorns.

ML

February 3rd, 2012
10:57 am

I wonder if the couch donated by those area cows is made of rabid cowhide.

Ummmm....

February 3rd, 2012
11:08 am

WOW, you really think the cows donated a couch??

Chuck Is Real Busy

February 3rd, 2012
11:08 am

He was MOOOOOOOOOED OVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Just couldn’t resist. LOL

Destiny

February 3rd, 2012
11:21 am

Are some of you serious? Sympathy for the cow? What about the Human being who could have easily lost his life. Poor old frail farmer. If I was him I wouldn’t want to see Betsy ever again either. Three shots he thought the heifer was dead. What really disgust me is how some people put animals before humans. That goes for dog fighting, or whatever.

Ummmm....

February 3rd, 2012
11:27 am

Can’t speak for others, but I’m not necessarily putting the animal before the farmer. It is understood the farmer got medical treatment. To be shot 3x, human or animal, and not die but remain in pain is cruel. No one should linger in pain like that. I’m advocating for both human and animal kind…

The Reverend Baby Doctor Bedpan

February 3rd, 2012
11:29 am

This is why I eat manatee or panda.

BK

February 3rd, 2012
11:31 am

Do you know what the worst part about being a vegetarian is?…Everything. The man is 70, he was putting food on your table before Sarah Mclachlan was crying over cats. Corporate greed has already pushed this man into a dwindling demographic, yet you people are pissed a 900 lbs “animal” with a communicable disease was running around with buckshot in its thick hide? Maybe you should let the cows also take your vote in the next election as well, seems like yours would be a waste anyway.

Taco Bell

February 3rd, 2012
11:32 am

Can we buy that cow for our tacos?

Ummmm....

February 3rd, 2012
11:34 am

@BK ~ get your panties out of ya butt…I feel for the farmer more than the cow, but was only wondering why it took so long to get a vet out there? Not like the wild wild west where a pigeon carrier got news to the town’s only vet.

Truett Cathy

February 3rd, 2012
11:37 am

It was an act of god.

ML

February 3rd, 2012
11:38 am

Ummmm…. February 3rd, 2012 11:08 am…”WOW, you really think the cows donated a couch??”

No, Einstein, I don’t think so. You apparently can’t recognize sarcasm.

jodie 2

February 3rd, 2012
11:39 am

Common sense will tell you that the farmer was trying to get well, how would he know the animal was still alive? Thank the Lord he was not killed. You would think the animal was dead!

mad cow

February 3rd, 2012
11:41 am

The man was 70 and probably beat up pretty badly. He was probably just trying to stay alive. He may not have even known until days later that the cow was still alive. Give him a break. However I do feel bad about the cow.

Kl jacket

February 3rd, 2012
11:44 am

I agree that this reporting was done in bad taste. For one it should not have made the news and for another it shows the ignorance of the reporter. The cow was rabid…that is a significant reporting detail. I must ask, did this reporter “cry” when Atticus Finch shot the rapid dog in “To Kill a Mockingbird”? I did not….my suggestion is to delete this news thread to “mitigate” the AJC’s embarrassment.

BK

February 3rd, 2012
11:47 am

Ummmm…we are talking Maysville here, nearest hospital is what Commerce, possibly Gainesville? Healing time for 70 yr old is increased, myriad of possible deterioration issues, your right he should have promptly worried about a cow that attacked him and called a vet. Also not to rain on your parade but pigeon’s were more of a WWI and II deal, the wild west actually had telegraph and mail delivery systems…

Ummmm....

February 3rd, 2012
11:49 am

@ML – I too was being facetious by asking. But to comment on your statement, remember we are human beings so yeah, we all miss “sarcasm” at some points in our lives.

Ummmm....

February 3rd, 2012
11:56 am

I didn’t say anything about HIM calling a vet. I surmised others helped get him medical attention. And as far as the pigeon carrier, I was making a point on slowness. Hell, I could have said Pony Express.

Ummmm....

February 3rd, 2012
11:57 am

@BK – I have no idea where Maysville is, nor do I know where Commerce or Gainesville is. Ok? OK!

BK

February 3rd, 2012
12:01 pm

That’s the trouble with surmising…to help I am going to promptly race my pigeon and pony. Just kidding, I see your point, I just have trouble placing human life under that of a cow, I am such a bad Hindu.

Ummmm....

February 3rd, 2012
12:06 pm

I already stated that I wasn’t putting the cow before him. Well, glad you at least see my point.

Perry

February 3rd, 2012
12:44 pm

If the farmer was able I’m sure he would’ve done something about the cow. He wouldn’t have wanted it to have infected the rest of his herd. He was obviously busy. Yes, I grew-up on a farm.

rn

February 3rd, 2012
12:51 pm

He had every right to shoot the cow in self-defense, but to let it suffer for several days is just wrong. He and the other people who knew about it should be charged with animal cruelty.

jc

February 3rd, 2012
12:56 pm

the old man will be suffering a lot longer than 3 days…so who gives a crap about what the cow had to go through? besides, that cow probably didnt even know what was going on (rabid out of his mind and all). i think we should test all those people who feel for the cow with rabies and see if they know there were even shot…