“Won’t anyone steal the cows?”


It’s January, 2016. I go to a blind massage place and talk with the massage therapist working there. We come to talk about cows in Austria and in China.

Me: “The cows here are really slim.”
Him: “They are, are cows in Austria bigger?”
“They have a lot more meat on their bones. Oftentimes, they live on mountains. They graze there all day.”
“All on their own? Won’t anybody steal them if they just graze there?”
“Not as far as I know, no.”

He looks quite incredulous at the fact that usually people don’t steal cows in Austria.

Have you ever had a similar conversation? I’d love to read your comments.

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Hi, I'm Ruth, welcome to China Elevator Stories! I have been living in Kunming and Shenzhen in the past and am now staying in Northeast China with my Chinese husband and our baby and toddler son. Join us on our journey bridging worlds!


  1. Cattle rustling (stealing cows, steers and bulls) has a big history in the United States. It was the subject of many cowboy movies about the Old West. It still goes on today. That’s why ranchers brand their cattle. Each steer is worth a lot of money.

  2. Jo

    We’re on holiday in New Zealand now, it’s my bf’s third visit & he’s still amazed every time he sees cattle or sheep grazing without the owner (apparently they don’t do that in NW China!) He always says “but I could just take one!” So I tell him to try – I want to watch him chasing a sheep around trying to catch it!

  3. Never had the thought about cows being stolen by someone. Sure there are the wild west movies and so on but it is somehow hard to imagine that there is some group of gangster stealing cows from the fields 😮

  4. Hello dear Ruth! As usual, fabulous story! 😀 Just wanted to send you a quick note that I have nominated you for the Blogger Recognition Award (have linked it in my name). Keep the great stories coming and congrats on your fabulous news 🙂 XXX Laura

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