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Dangerous supercows bred by Nazis are star attraction in the new animal reserve

A herd of dangerous Nazi-bred super cows is the main attraction in the new animal reserve of a British farmer.

Derek Gow imported a herd of Heck cows to his farm in Devon in 2009, the first time the creatures had set foot on British soil since the Bronze Age.

The 54-year-old was forced in 2015 to butcher seven of the cattle designed by the Nazis after they tried to kill his staff.

However, the ecological expert has now received the green light to show the cows as part of a new animal shelter in Devon.

The herd has been expanded to 17, but visitors are not allowed in the same field due to the aggressive nature of the cows.

A herd of dangerous Nazi-bred super cows is the main attraction in the new animal reserve of a British farmer

A herd of dangerous Nazi-bred super cows is the main attraction in the new animal reserve of a British farmer

Heckvee was created by pre-war German zoologists in an attempt to return the Aurochs, a wild cow that died out in the 15th century

Heckvee was created by pre-war German zoologists in an attempt to return the Aurochs, a wild cow that died out in the 15th century

Heckvee was created by pre-war German zoologists in an attempt to return the Aurochs, a wild cow that died out in the 15th century

Derek Gow (photo) imported a herd of Heck cows into his farm in Devon in 2009, the first time the creatures had set foot on British soil since the Bronze Age

Derek Gow (photo) imported a herd of Heck cows into his farm in Devon in 2009, the first time the creatures had set foot on British soil since the Bronze Age

Derek Gow (photo) imported a herd of Heck cows into his farm in Devon in 2009, the first time the creatures had set foot on British soil since the Bronze Age

Gow said there was “no reason” for people to be afraid of the cows, but added, “I think that’s what they said about the Tyrannosaur in Jurassic Park.”

Heckvee was made by pre-war German zoologists in an attempt to return the Aurochs, a wild cow that died out in the 15th century.

Depicted in neolithic cave paintings, the breed is characterized by its long set of horns and can weigh almost a ton.

The brothers Lutz and Heinz Heck were determined to reintroduce the ‘pure’ ferry shaft in an attempt to return a mythical Aryan past that was promoted by the Nazi regime.

After the end of the Second World War, many Heck cows were slaughtered and there are an estimated 2,000 left over Europe.

Gow, an ecologist and expert in beaver reintroduction to Britain, has spent the past year creating an attraction that will include wild boar and English wild cats.

Gow (photo) was forced to kill seven of the cattle developed by the Nazis in 2015 after trying to kill his staff

Gow (photo) was forced to kill seven of the cattle developed by the Nazis in 2015 after trying to kill his staff

Gow (photo) was forced to kill seven of the cattle developed by the Nazis in 2015 after trying to kill his staff

After the end of the Second World War, many Heck cows were slaughtered and it is estimated that only 2000 are left in Europe

After the end of the Second World War, many Heck cows were slaughtered and it is estimated that only 2000 are left in Europe

After the end of the Second World War, many Heck cows were slaughtered and it is estimated that only 2000 are left in Europe

Gow, an ecologist and expert in beaver reintroduction to Britain, has spent the past year creating an attraction that will include wild boar and English wild cats

Gow, an ecologist and expert in beaver reintroduction to Britain, has spent the past year creating an attraction that will include wild boar and English wild cats

Gow, an ecologist and expert in beaver reintroduction to Britain, has spent the past year creating an attraction that will include wild boar and English wild cats

He said: ‘The cows are very large, they look like cave paintings. The Nazis wanted to go hunting, that’s why they were made.

“They may be nervous, but they are not too aggressive. They look like the extinct animals that once roamed the British countryside, that’s why we wanted them. “

Nazi brothers who dreamed of breeding Aryan super cow

Heckvee was made by pre-war German zoologists in an attempt to return the Aurochs, a wild cow that died out in the 15th century.

Depicted in neolithic cave paintings, the breed is characterized by its long set of horns and can weigh almost a ton.

The brothers Lutz and Heinz Heck were determined to reintroduce the ‘pure’ ferry shaft in an attempt to return a mythical Aryan past that was promoted by the Nazi regime.

It is believed that the last Auroch was killed in a forest in Poland in the 15th century because they were extensively hunted.

But the Heck brothers, who did not understand modern genetics, were determined to “breed backwards” with types of cattle plucked because of their resemblance to the old beast.

For several years the brothers selectively bred certain traits such as winter hardiness, horn length, size and temperament to bring back their idealized version of the ‘pure’ cow.

Lutz Heck was promoted within the Nazi regime and started developing the Berlin Zoo, while his brother Heinz was placed in a concentration camp because he married a Jewish woman.

The rewilding specialist has long been interested in the breed, which resembles cows that can be seen in neolithic cave paintings in France, which are almost 20,000 years old.

He said: ‘They are doing very well, we now have 17 – a new calf was born recently.

“They will be a very large part of the attraction.

‘The visitors are on the other side of the fence of the cows, people cannot enter the same field as they do.

‘They are not aggressive in themselves, but if there are calves in the field, they can be dangerous so that people cannot get close to them.

“As long as visitors are on the right side of the fence, it will be fine.”

Gow added: “The project is developing fast and we hope that people can come to the farm to see the animals and hear how the landscape once looked.

‘We are destroying parts of the farm and on the site there will also be wild boar, Mouslom sheep, European wild cats and wild beavers.

“It’s nice to see everything thrive, we are no longer working hard in agriculture.”

Mr Gow hopes to open to the public in May and visitors can stay in farm huts, which cost £ 120 per night and sleep for two people.

He said: “People will stay in our shepherd’s huts and spend the night in the midst of nature.

“It will be a very natural experience. It becomes very calm and quiet, that is the whole idea. “

Mr Gow's farm in Broadwoodwidger, Devon, where he hopes to open a new animal shelter

Mr Gow's farm in Broadwoodwidger, Devon, where he hopes to open a new animal shelter

Mr Gow’s farm in Broadwoodwidger, Devon, where he hopes to open a new animal shelter

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