Watch a short clip from Sir David Attenborough’s film about the Wild Cattle of Chillingham.
This herd at Chillingham was penned in a great park during the 13th Century and has lived here ever since, with scarcely any interference from human beings. The animals may well be very similar to those that wandered around the farms during Roman times. They are formidable animals, very different to the gentle Friesian of today.
One great bull rules the herd. He mates with all the cows and fights every young male who challenges him. Eventually, after two or three years, he will lose and surrender his place to a younger, more vigorous animal.