How I Saved A Cow and Became An Ecological War Criminal and Kent M. Herrick

Lt. Col. (USAF-retired) Dan Drew and I like to fish the Waters of Little Red River. We like to fish for Rainbow Trout and the record Brown Trout came from those very waters. But this story is more about a land animal than an aquatic one.

A female cow was watering on a very hot day. She had come down the steep bank and was trying to drink the very trout loving cold water. When she tried to exit the river she hung a rear leg in a tree root falling on her back with her head in the water. She was tiring and would soon drown.

After examining her plight and determining there was no choice; we rescued her now or she would suffer grieviously. Dan expertly guided the boat to shore. I hopped on to the bank and pulled a hunting knife. I had to keep my head away from her hoofs and still cut the holding root. I hacked at the root with three fairly sharp blows and released her leg.

I jumped back and the cow awkwardly got to her feet. She bellowed a few times and then took a monster dump as her insides rearranged themselves in proper order. Story ends.

But does it; that's the facts. Here is the dilemma.

1. Did I commit an ecological war crime?

2. Did I knowingly free an environmental war criminal?

3. Did I murder a front-line freedom fighter for clean water and air?

4. Should I have let the tree strangle the cow in an act of natural selection and natural justice?

5. Should I feel guilt and remorse and in turn blame society and my high school teachers for my transgressions?

All of these questions have led me to wonder whether I will make a worthwhile candidate for the Cow-Nagie Medal Of Valor



Kent M. Herrick, Editor in Chief, 2011


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