A woman has rammed a bull with her car in an effort to stop it from killing its owner in Sydney’s north west. Linda Olsen, 62, found her neighbor’s black bull pulling clothes off the line in her Berkshire Park property on Monday morning.
Mrs Olsen then drove to the bull’s property, asking its owner, ‘What are you going to do?’ she told Daily Mail Australia. ‘He’s a pet, he’s friendly and I’ll come and get him,’ the bull’s owner told her.
Barney the bull came to its owner, and Mrs Olsen drove away after she was told the bull did not like cars. But Mrs Olsen returned to find her neighbor pinned against a fence after the bull had dragged her approximately 20 feet.
‘He had her up against my fence. And the way she was bent, I thought he was going to break her neck or back’
Thinking on her feet, Mrs Olsen got back in her car to herd the bull away.
‘I thought I could use the car to distract the bull,’ she said. ‘I was thinking I could use the car to draw the bull away from her.’
‘But he paid no attention.’
‘He wasn’t going to stop, he was going to kill her.’
Mrs Olsen decided the only option was to nudge the bull with the bonnet of her car, shifting the bull off its owner, who then scrambled into the car.
‘All she kept saying was, “Kill the bastard, kill the bastard, tell them to bring guns”,’ Mrs Olsen told Sydney Morning Herald.
When police and paramedics arrived at the property, the injured woman was treated and officers tried to steer the bull away from the street. But the bull threatened to jump the fence toward the ambulance and police cars.
‘The bull was going to come after us,’ Mrs Olsen told Daily Mail Australia.
Police were forced to fire nine rounds into the bull, but it took a council worker with a tranquilizer and another five bullets to put Barney the bull down.
‘People are saying “the poor bull”,’ Mrs Olsen said. ‘They were not there, they did not see what was happening.’
‘People are saying the bull was just protecting his property,’ she said. ‘Not true! He wasn’t on his property, he was on my property.’
‘I love animals. But this bull needed to be put down, and they did a marvelous job.’
Barney’s injured owner was chartered to Westmead Hospital to be treated for her serious injuries and is now in a stable condition.
‘I believe she’s got a punctured lung and a broken rib,’ Mrs Olsen said of her neighbor.
‘I wasn’t a fan of bulls beforehand,’ she said. ‘Anything with horns I generally steer clear of.’
‘The son has told me the bull weighed 1,500 kilos – double what I thought,’ Mrs Olsen said, after police had told her it was a 700 kilogram bull.
Mrs Olsen is now taking it easy after an arduous day.
‘It wasn’t something I expected to happen on a Monday,’ she said.