Our thoughts and prayers are with this Wisconsin family after their 9-year-old son suffered several internal injuries last week after he was trampled by cattle. According to WISC-TV, the accident happened Thursday afternoon when the boy went into a pen to separate a young animal.
His 16-year-old sister was able to walk the boy out of the pen before help arrived. The boy was transported by Montfort EMS, and then by med flight to a hospital in Madison.
This isn’t the first cattle trampling accident we have heard about this spring. Earlier this month, Delbert Horn, 85, of rural Hewitt, Minnesota was attempting to tag a calf when a cow charged him. He died on scene.
Studies have shown that livestock handling activities are the second or third leading cause of injuries on the farm, contributing anywhere from 12 percent to 24 percent of farm injuries. Between 2001 and 2013, an average of 20 Americans have died each year from accidents with cattle.