Mystery surrounds violent death of calves

There are fears that a large cat could be roaming part of Donegal after two calves were found half-eaten on a farm near Convoy.

There are fears that a large cat could be roaming part of Donegal after two calves were found half-eaten on a farm near Convoy.

The one-year-old calves were found with their stomachs eaten away and had suffered broken ribs in the attack. The family and animal welfare workers do not know what could have caused the horrific injuries.

Nicola Gregg, whose husband found the dead animals, said she didn’t know what had attacked them but she suspects it may have been a larger animal.

“I know there have been escaped wild big cats like pumas before here and in other countries and I’m convinced something like that has happened here. If this is the case, it is only a matter of time before this animal or animals do this again and farmers should be mindful of that.

“Their heads were fine it was just the stomach area, and the back and tail. They demolished more or less. My husband said he had never seen anything like that in his life. It’s sad and it is worrying. Their ribs were broken which made us think it must have been something really strong to have done that.

Local RSPCA inspector Kevin McGinley said he found it hard to believe that a dog or dogs would have been able to inflict such damage on such animals. “We were not officially informed about the matter but I would find it difficult to accept that dogs were able to do this.