Hermien the cow who escaped from a truck on its way to the butcher enjoys her ...

A brave cow who made a break for freedom and was then saved from the slaughterhouse is settling into her new home.

Heart-warming pictures show Hermien frolicking in fields in Zandhuizen, the Netherlands, just months after her great escape.

Hermien was being herded in to the rear of a cattle truck in December in her home country to go to the butchers.

But she broke free and hid in a forest in Overijssel.

Hermien could not be captured, despite many attempts to bring her back to serve her fate.

Cow Hermien enjoys the pasture at the retirement home for cows in Zandhuizen, the Netherlands

Cow Hermien enjoys the pasture at the retirement home for cows in Zandhuizen, the Netherlands

Cow Hermien (L) enjoys the first day of spring outside in the pasture of the retirement home for cows in Zandhuizen

Cow Hermien (L) enjoys the first day of spring outside in the pasture of the retirement home for cows in Zandhuizen

Eventually, she won the hearts of the Dutch and animal welfare campaigners took on her case. 

A crowdfunding campaign was started to save her from death and pay for a happy retirement.

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