Farmer brings 'Nazi' cows back to Britain after 2,000 years





Aurochs were last seen in Britain in Roman times but they became extinct in mainland Europe in 1627.

However, before the Second World War, Nazi leaders recruited zoologist brothers Heinz and Lutz Heck to bring the hardy breed "back into existence."

The breed features in Teutonic folklore and Heck cattle were seen as a symbol of German oppression and efforts to build a master Aryan race.

The Heck brothers traced the species' descendants to domestic breeds and created the cattle at zoos in Berlin and Munich.

The cattle were largely destroyed following the defeat of Nazism in 1945. However, some survived in nature conservation parks in mainland Europe, and 13 Heck bulls and cows have now been imported from Belgium to a farm at Broadwoodwidger, West Devon.




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