Monday, September 14, 2009

GDN Gem #2: Cows overboard

Today's GDN Gem:

"Two cows had to be rescued by the Coastguard after swimming out to sea when they escaped from an abattoir in Sitra. They were spotted about a mile out by sailor Paul Truscott and his wife Janet, who immediately alerted the Coastguard. The Australian cattle escaped from the Bahrain Livestock Company abattoir with 13 others on Saturday after someone apparently left the gate open. The herd of fugitives headed towards the Bahrain Yacht Club, but two broke off at Al Bander and went into the water...Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA) which operates at the Bahrain Livestock Company, said the cows returned to the abattoir with 'little stress.'"

Lately, I've been feeling a little out of sorts in Bahrain, so I know a thing or two about the homesickness and longing that led those cows to jump into the sea. Sometimes I feel like diving into the water myself and swimming all the way back home (I would surely be intercepted by border protection - I can just see myself now on an episode of Australia's fave TV show, Border Security).

(Note to my husband - don't worry, I'm fine...I'm not planning to jump off the Saudi causeway or anything. I am simply venting :-P)


  1. All these years of knowing you and I never knew you could swim, Tanz! I wasn't paying attention in swim classes at school obviously - too busy trying to eggbeat kick with my clothes on. We all miss you terribly.