Seven cows that have washed up along the shores of southern Sweden. Photo: Malin Thelin/Sveriges Radio
7 found in Sweden, 2 in Denmark

Dead cows wash up on southern Sweden

"They probably came from the sea"
2:56 min

Swedish law enforcement is investigating the deaths of seven cows that have washed up along the shores of southern Sweden. Ingvar Wennersten, a prosecutor for environmental crimes in Skåne, says the cows were likely dumped overboard from a ship in the Baltic Sea.

The animals were found with their ears clipped to remove their yellow ID tags that could identify the livestock's country of origin or their owner. Some of the cows also had their feet bound.

The first carcass was found in Gislöv harbor on New Year's Eve and Wennersten said police are going through the shipping records to see if they can identify a boat that was carrying cows during that time.

"I am rather hopeful," he tells Radio Sweden, "maybe we can come into contact with the captain or someone on board and maybe find out."

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