A 12-year-old girl suffered serious injuries when she fell from a trailer after being attacked by a cow in rural Te Awamutu on Sunday – the latest in more than 4000 incidents where people were hurt by cattle in the last year.

A St John spokeswoman said crews attended the incident about 11am and the girl was flown to Waikato Hospital in a serious condition.

A spokesperson for the Waikato Westpac Rescue helicopter said the girl and her mother were moving stock, when one of the cows reacted adversely causing the girl to fall onto the tow-bar of a trailer that was attached to the farm-quad being ride by her mother.

She suffered neck and back injuries and the helicopter was dispatched due to the possibility of spinal injury, and the need for urgent transport.

No further information has been released.

Source: Cow attack, injury, the latest in animal accidents – National – NZ Herald News